Magazine article New Internationalist

Holding on to Hope

Magazine article New Internationalist

Holding on to Hope

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Why should we hold out any hope for greater equality when the very richest people in the world are taking more and more? Pessimistic reactions are commonplace. But there is often great pessimism just at the point when a great injustice becomes apparent - when it becomes widely accepted that it is an injustice and people start to correct it.

The evidence that inequality is harmful comes largely from the rich world. In the 1960s affluent countries were so similar that it was not possible to see the negative effects of greater inequality. But since then some have become much more unequal, providing us with outcomes that illustrate the harm so well.

Today, for many people - especially in the most unequal of countries such as the US, Brazil, the UK and South Africa - the idea that your children and their children might live more equitable lives can seem like a pipedream. …

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