The approximate ratio of this conflict has always been so -- at least for the last 6,000 years.
Wealth isn't a continuum! We're programmed to think that, but it's a graph your calculator could never show, because the astronomical height of the elite spike would shrink the horizontal axis to zero.
What's been sometimes called the "wealth triangle" is now like the Eiffel Tower, with less than a million international elites at the tippy top, and billions of human cattle spread out below in fascist cattle pens the size of France. The fascists also use cattle prods to make sure the cattle keep mooing their way to the meat factories.
Meat factories such as Bush's Iraq & Afghanistan Oil Wars where American young people exchange their cannon fodder lives for stolen Middle Eastern oil. Hey, they're just human cattle and the elites need more designer shoes, or an infinitely boring television show about their sex life, or better yacht, or a mansion in several countries.
In short, the elites LIVE LIKE GODS, but unlike mythological Greek Gods, these "Greek Gods" FEED ON US. We're their energy, their meat, their oil, their very blood. Indeed, we're like a mountain of bottles of blood they drink to stupefaction.
Of course they do exactly the same to Mother Nature. The elites are beyond "parasites". There's no word for their greed. Maybe this is why we have to use words like "evil", because we're talking about things SO FAR outside the realm of ethical/rational human experience there's really nothing to compare them to. Hence the "vampire" elites. Here at least we have an image that seems to fit exactly, since vampires are ultimate evil and make a science of doing their filth "in the dark", i.e., their world is one of monstrous secrecy -- exactly like the elites.
During the Bush years we have learned:
(1.) The ultimate conflict among human beings isn't "political" (indeed, that least of all!).
(2.) The ultimate conflict among human beings isn't nationalism.
(3.) The ultimate conflict among human beings isn't "religious" (in spite of the buffoonery of religious fanatics).
(4.) The above three conflicts are in essence symptomatic by products of what IS the ultimate conflict among humans beings. Said one way, it's the ancient conflict between the "Have's" and "Have Not's". In contemporary terms, the ultimate conflict of human existence is between the 0.5% vampire elites and 99.5% (at least!) of the human race.
This the total explanation of the gutless Democratic Congress, since these traitors have sold their souls to the elite hog trough -- as do nearly all politicians in every county on the planet.
Here's another depressing and enraging example. The foreign policy of the United States of America has been taken hostage by the neocon cabal and neocon cabal, in its turn, is the direct expression of astronomically rich families, committees, and countries. In short, money, money, money is BUYING the soul of America.
Let's look for patterns here. Just who are these elites in the form of countries, "study groups", and "advisor's" who are raping and killing OUR COUNTY? "Our country" is in caps because it's self evident to barnyard animals that the neocon cabal is, to grossly understate it, not putting America first.
No, the tippy tip of the elite Eiffel Tower has decided to reduce America to a police state. We have always been a Dictatorship or the Rich (along with practically every other county on the planet), but during the Bush years, the elites (VIA THE NEOCON CABAL) have decided to go all the way with the cattle/elite dichotomy.