the bottom five percent
of Americans are richer than the bottom seventy percent of the rest of the world. Taken from a book I just started titled "Brazil is the new America". If I was looking for books to make me glad I chose to learn Portuguese over Spanish this promises to be the one.
Anyway, that stat probably explains why there is surprisingly little serious unrest in America, despite the notoriety and publicity around the wealth distribution inequity. As well as why the so-called poor people have stuff to sell when they need cigarettes.