You don’t have to be a rocket scientist to be able to show the link between inequality and catastrophic environmental change. But a little help from rocket scientists can certainly help. A new NASA-funded effort explores what the future may have in store for our unequal world.
Today’s super rich engorge themselves on federal dollars and evade billions in taxes while ordinary Americans work themselves to the bone. Professor of Law and Public Policy Sheila Suess Kennedy maintains it’s high time we rethink who are the ‘makers’ and the ‘takers.’
The chase after the super rich is leaving the world’s choicest cities nastier places to live for anyone without a grand fortune. Any city “in thrall to money and greed,” one UK newspaper editorial warns, is inviting “nightmarish consequences” that only begin with inflated housing costs.
Let’s learn from our not-so-distant past and share the gold. New technologies don’t have to bring us new inequalities. The prime example from our relatively recent past: the advent of television in the decade right after World War II. TV changed our lives, without creating billionaires.
Why should moving data around be any different from moving people? No private party, the battle over the pending Comcast-Time Warner merger reminds us, ought to be getting rich off a basic public trust. Decades ago, in a more equal America, no private party did.
Those arrows aren’t hitting their lovelorn targets the way they once did. The reason? Sociologists and economists are pointing to our growing economic divide. In our stressful, deeply unequal times, love and marriage are fast becoming the equivalent of luxury goods.
Butchers, bakers, and candlestick makers. You won’t find any of them in this latest annual list of America’s most avaricious from Too Much, the Institute for Policy Studies weekly on excess and inequality. You will find wheelers and dealers and even a candy store heiress.
What makes a society a fun place to be? Nice weather and exciting night-life options certainly help. But so, suggests a leading World Bank economist, does avoiding a starkly skewed distribution of income. In his new global index of “funness,” he lists inequality as a key limiting factor.
In plain yet powerful language, Pope Francis is challenging the givens of our deeply unequal world — and helping inspire resistance to it. His new “apostolic exhortation” offers a wide-ranging critique of our unequal status quo that draws from multiple sources.
Making the market “decisive” means that the Chinese government has decided to place profits before people — and even before that previously invincible talisman, economic growth.