Oxfam asks for new laws to combat inequality and global elitism

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posted on Jan, 19 2013 @ 04:31 PM
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This isn't just about financial aid overseas, this is about global politics that if it gets plenty of media hype and attention from people on a local level, could force governments and world leaders to rethink the global financial infrastructure.

Global financial elitism doesn't work, it failed, the current economic collapses seen around the world have proved this, as have the levels of destitution of some of the population of developing nations and even the financial ruin of so many in developed nations due to outsourcing, overpopulation, unsustainable policies and governments failing to provide a safety net for those without employment.

I think Oxfam should really hype this with petitions online and on paper for people to vote for then these can be presented to governments, locally, nationally and internationally.

www.bbc.co.uk...


Oxfam highlights that the World Economic Forum's own Global Risk Report identifies inequality as one of the top global risks of 2013

The 100 richest people in the world earned enough last year to end extreme poverty suffered by the poorest on the planet four times over, Oxfam has said.

Ahead of next week's World Economic Forum in Switzerland, the charity urged world leaders to tackle inequality.

Extreme wealth was "economically inefficient, politically corrosive, socially divisive", the report said.

The global economic system required reform so that it worked "in the interests of the whole of humanity".

A four-day summit involving political and economic leaders runs in Davos from next Wednesday.

In its report entitled The Cost Of Inequality: How Wealth And Income Extremes Hurt Us All, the UK charity said that efforts to tackle poverty were being hindered by an "explosion in extreme wealth".

The richest one per cent of the world's population had increased its income by 60% in the last 20 years, Oxfam said.

It reported that while the world's 100 richest people enjoyed a net income of $240bn (£150bn) last year, people in "extreme poverty" lived on less than $1.25 (78p) a day.

"We can no longer pretend that the creation of wealth for a few will inevitably benefit the many - too often the reverse is true," said Oxfam chief executive Barbara Stocking.

"Concentration of resources in the hands of the top 1% depresses economic activity and makes life harder for everyone else - particularly those at the bottom of the economic ladder."

The charity called for a "global new deal to reverse decades of increasing inequality".

Its suggestions for leaders due at the Davos summit include:

Closure of tax havens around the world
A reversal of "the trend towards more regressive forms of taxation"
A global minimum corporation tax rate
Increased investment in free public services and safety nets for people out of work or ill
"As a first step world leaders should formally commit themselves to reducing inequality to the levels seen in 1990," Ms Stocking said.

"From tax havens to weak employment laws, the richest benefit from a global economic system which is rigged in their favour.

"It is time our leaders reformed the system so that it works in the interests of the whole of humanity rather than a global elite."

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posted on Jan, 20 2013 @ 08:06 AM
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Ya.. global redistribution of wealth by a global power made up of the moral elitist do-gooder intelligencia central administrators ....

What could go wrong with that?



posted on Jan, 20 2013 @ 01:37 PM
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You do realize that by GLOBAL standards, if you live in an middle class neighbourhood, make a true middle class wage, and live a middle class lifestyle then you are the 1% these socialist elitists are talking about right?



posted on Jan, 20 2013 @ 06:27 PM
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Originally posted by projectvxn
You do realize that by GLOBAL standards, if you live in an middle class neighbourhood, make a true middle class wage, and live a middle class lifestyle then you are the 1% these socialist elitists are talking about right?


The article is referring to the 100 RICHEST PEOPLE IN THE WORLD, and the it is also referring to the top richest 1%, that is more than the average middle class, it is referring to the very richest people, the richest billionaires, of which there are plenty.



posted on Jan, 20 2013 @ 08:36 PM
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1% of the global population is a number far larger than 100.

And when you are referring to global policy it would be prudent to be accurate.



posted on Jan, 21 2013 @ 03:06 PM
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Here it is straight from the article, if you are finding it difficult, perhaps complain to Oxfam or BBC News.

Nice to see you are on board with the whole ethos of the article instead of arguing the words it actually says. Nice.

www.bbc.co.uk...


The 100 richest people in the world earned enough last year to end extreme poverty suffered by the poorest on the planet four times over, Oxfam has said.




The richest one per cent of the world's population had increased its income by 60% in the last 20 years, Oxfam said.




"Concentration of resources in the hands of the top 1% depresses economic activity and makes life harder for everyone else - particularly those at the bottom of the economic ladder."





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