The Golden Rule is that those with al the gold make all the rules. This rule eventually ends in revolution as is evident in the Middle East right now. People will allow the rich to get richer for so long unless there is some sort of trickle down benefit.
The American Revolution was based upon taxation without representation where the Crown reaped all the profits of the workers with taxes and tariffs. It all comes down to greed. Even in the oil rich nations where money seemingly flows like oil; not enough is flowing to the people that support or want to support the infrastructure.
Consider the US and how many people who have lost their jobs and their homes. The people that are left working are absorbing the work of others. Times were good just 10 years ago, but since then things have gotten bad. Some blame terrorism, some blame the bursting real estate bubble, but it basically comes down to greed. There was a lot of money out there and it didn’t just evaporate. The rich cashed in their chips and they are hanging onto their profits.
When I was growing up CEOs were taking salaries of a couple hundred thousand dollars a year. Now corporate competition makes salaries of millions of dollars a year the standard. Years ago profits went back into the company and now they go to pay executives. The more they make the less there is to build companies that hire more people.
Corporate America needs to set an example or there may very well be another revolution; not against the government but against the powers that hold the purse strings. Governments can hold off revolutions with their military, but corporations only have lawyers and accountants.