As I write this, I am about to do my fifth stint of transit in a long week of work travel. I really wanted to write about dividend withholding taxes, but I’m fresh out of time (there’s about to be a friendly air hostess making me close my laptop). But I recently saw this chart of Global GDP from And I think it’s worth thinking about:

Global GDP breakdown

Just consider that less than 5% of the world’s population lives in the United States…

Whenever I look at those kinds of numbers, I’m reminded there’s much greater inequality between countries than within them.

But perhaps that’s just me.

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