You are on your own

For three decades, the gap between the rich and everyone else has grown in the United States.

… both employers and governments have cut back on measures such as pensions and health insurance that helped mitigate the uncertainties of life. Yale political scientist Jacob Hacker calls this the great risk shift—transferring the burden of risks in life from collective institutions to individuals.

The greatest victims of this shift are the poor, and the biggest beneficiaries are the rich. However, in The Great Risk Shift, Hacker uses statistics and illuminating anecdotes to show how the shift also threatens the “middle class.”

Gapminder – Visualizing Human Development
The Stockholm based website Gapminder provides wonderful interactive visualizations of important global trends. [a design demo from Max Kiesler]