Last year the US made great strides towards a more equal society: we cut the number of millionaires by more than 100,000. According to a study from the Boston Consulting Group, 129,000 evil US millionaires rejoined the ranks of the proletariat last year as the value of their stocks, cash and other non-business and non-property assets fell below the magic number.4.3 percent of US households still qualify as millionaires by that measure, but OWS partisans shouldn’t despair. Perhaps with another few years of stock market declines, slow or negative economic growth and low interest rates we can take another big whack out of that number.This is, of course, exactly the wrong way to think about things. Poverty is the problem we want to fight, not an excess of wealth. And the best way to fight poverty is for the overall productivity of a society to grow. That only comes when new products, new enterprises and new and more efficient ways of doing things are entering the market — and that generally means that the people who thought up those new ideas and did the hard work to make them real are getting rich.True, huge fortunes and interests tied to the government in an incestuous mix is a danger to the republic. This is why so many Americans are worried about the way that the bailouts of the financial system and various large industrial corporations did so little to penalize powerful and politically connected interests linked to the regulatory-industrial complex.Not every millionaire makes his or her money in an ethical or socially productive way. (Think of the Hollywood moguls, actors and musicians who rake in the cash while producing entertainment that mocks and cheapens the values and ideas that help poor people hold their lives together and get ahead.) Still, a society that isn’t making new millionaires is unlikely to be a society where the lives of the poor are going to improve.America needs more millionaires, not fewer — and we also need those millionaires to think hard about how their talents and their money can do more to spread the good life around.