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WORKING FOR THE FEW Political capture and economic inequality

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posted on Jan, 27 2014 @ 10:02 PM
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This was just published by OXFAM on January 20, 2014:

www.oxfam.org...

Their lead:



Economic inequality is rapidly increasing in the majority of
countries. The wealth of the world is divided in two: almost half
going to the richest one percent; the other half to the remaining 99
percent. The World Economic Forum has identified this as a major
risk to human progress. Extreme economic inequality and political
capture are too often interdependent. Left unchecked, political
institutions become undermined and governments overwhelmingly
serve the interests of economic elites to the detriment of ordinary
people. Extreme inequality is not inevitable, and it can and must be
reversed quickly.


They cite the following facts:



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Given the scale of rising wealth concentrations, opportunity capture and
unequal political representation are a serious and worrying trend. For
instance:
• Almost half of the world’s wealth is now owned by just one percent of
the population.
• The wealth of the one percent richest people in the world amounts to
$110 trillion. That’s 65 times the total wealth of the bottom half of the
world’s population.
• The bottom half of the world’s population owns the same as the
richest 85 people in the world.
• Seven out of ten people live in countries where economic inequality
has increased in the last 30 years.
• The richest one percent increased their share of income in 24 out of
26 countries for which we have data between 1980 and 2012.
• In the US, the wealthiest one percent captured 95 percent of post-
financial crisis growth since 2009, while the bottom 90 percent
became poorer.


They call for immediate reversal of this trend and cite recent history to support the possibility:



This dangerous trend can be reversed. The good news is that there are
clear examples of success, both historical and current. The US and
Europe in the three decades after World War II reduced inequality while
growing prosperous. Latin America has significantly reduced inequality in
the last decade – through more progressive taxation, public services,
social protection and decent work. Central to this progress has been
popular politics that represent the majority, instead of being captured by
a tiny minority. This has benefited all, both rich and poor.



They go on to make specific recommendations that are logical and practical but un-doable until the root cause of this trend is addressed. In fact all the 'causes du jour' are expensive distractions from the very real cause which is money in politics and corporate personhoold.

Nothing can be gained (at least in the USA) before corporate personhood has been eliminated. A quiet but growing movement is working towards this goal. Here is a link to a list of US cities, counties and states that have passed or on working on resolutions to end corporate personhood:

movetoamend.org...




posted on Jan, 28 2014 @ 09:55 AM
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Thanks for posting this. Very interesting read - and very encouraging.

Sometimes I feel like I'm the only one complaining....and it's good to know that there are influential groups out there doing more than just complaining (which is about all I can do - beyond making ends meet.)

S/F



posted on Jan, 28 2014 @ 06:13 PM
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wildtimes
Thanks for posting this. Very interesting read - and very encouraging.

Sometimes I feel like I'm the only one complaining....and it's good to know that there are influential groups out there doing more than just complaining (which is about all I can do - beyond making ends meet.)

S/F


Sometimes I think that (some) people prefer to live in a fantasy world wherein they are struck wealthy and want to be able to treat others the way they see the wealthy treating others and the planet.

I don't get it either.

I did hear this report discussed on "Feminist Magizine" on KPFK radio this afternoon. The host told of talking with one of the authors, that author and his colleagues never thought to list the 83 People that have the same wealth as the lower 3.5 billion people or to break down wealth by gender either.

Interesting indeed.



posted on Jan, 29 2014 @ 06:36 PM
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Removed my post.
edit on 29-1-2014 by Visitor2012 because: (no reason given)



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