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Growing inequality in US cities could lead to widespread social unrest and increased mortality, says a new United Nations report on the urban environment.
In a survey of 120 major cities, New York was found to be the ninth most unequal in the world and Atlanta, New Orleans, Washington, and Miami had similar inequality levels to those of Nairobi, Kenya Abidjan and Ivory Coast. Many were above an internationally recognised acceptable "alert" line used to warn governments.
"High levels of inequality can lead to negative social, economic and political consequences that have a destabilising effect on societies," said the report. "[They] create social and political fractures that can develop into social unrest and insecurity."
On the US, the report explained: "Since 2000, income inequality has increased rapidly, continuing a long-term trend that goes back to the 1970s ... Rich households in America have been leaving both middle and poorer income groups behind. This has happened in many countries, but nowhere has this trend been so stark as in the United States. The average income of the richest 10 percent is US$93,000 in purchasing power parities, the highest level in the OECD. However, the poorest 10% of the US citizens have an income of US$5,800 per year—about 20% lower than the average for OECD countries." [Original emphasis]
These income figures actually underestimate the gulf between the ultra-wealthy and the working class and poor. Wealth inequality is far higher than reported income disparities. A tiny elite layer comprising less than 1 percent of the population has amassed unprecedented levels of wealth over the last three decades through various forms of speculation and financial parasitism. But this wealth, largely concealed through tax evasion schemes and other mechanisms, is difficult for economists and statisticians to accurately measure.
Originally posted by Frogs
What will be its end result - I admit I do not know...
Originally posted by Ambient Sound
Why not let them tell you themselves?......
Towards the end of the movie Return of the Jedi and after the defeat on Hoth the Rebel Alliance reforms most of its command and gathers new funds and weapons and under the command of Han Solo, Chewbacca, Princess Leia, Lando Calrissian, and the knowledge and help of various planetary creatures such Ewoks they conquer the Empire's main base on Endor and liberate most of the galaxy, also leading to the defeat of the Empire which results in the death of Darth Vader, Darth Sidious and most of the Imperial hierarchy and the complete destruction of the Death Star and the Empire's fleet of ships.
Originally posted by Frogs
When reading your post Ambient Sound, I was struck by the thought "They want to be like the kings of old." Absolute rulers. Not just of a country - but of the world....
These seem to be trying engineer a global grip that will last.
A tiny elite layer comprising less than 1 percent of the population has amassed unprecedented levels of wealth over the last three decades through various forms of speculation and financial parasitism. But this wealth, largely concealed through tax evasion schemes and other mechanisms, is difficult for economists and statisticians to accurately measure.
Originally posted by DimensionalDetective
But that's why we have the jack-booted cops marching up and down the streets crushing all dissent, and MILITARY units deployed domestically, already in place...