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105,552. Inequality is really unprecedented … The inequality comes from the extreme wealth of a tiny sector of the population: a fraction of 1% … Inequality has highly negative consequences on the society as a whole because the very fact of equality has a corrosive harmful effect on democracy. Noam Chomsky, Requiem for the American Dream, F-Movies 2017
5,258. Not since the 1920s has Britain been more socially unequal. As the gap between the rich and the rest has widened so has the gap in opportunity for their children. (Job & Work & Opportunity & Inequality) Richard Bilton, Who Gets the Best Jobs? BBC, 2011
5,264. In the 80s the gap between rich and poor widened by about 60%. (Job & Inequality & 1980s) ibid.
5,484. It is a very strange kind of freedom. The attempt to liberate people from the dead hand of bureaucracy has led to the rise of a new and increasingly controlling system of management driven by targets and numbers. While government committed to creating freedom of choice in all areas have actually presided over a rise in inequalities and a dramatic collapse of social mobility. The consequence has been a return of the power of class and privilege. And abroad the attempt to create democracy has led not just to bloody mayhem but a rejection of the American-led campaign to bring freedom. (Freedom & Management & Inequality & Class & Privilege) Adam Curtis, The Trap I: Fuck You, Buddy
77,239. The country has become more rigid and stratified that at any time since the second world war. New Labour had adopted the market model of freedom, believing that there would be a trade-off. They gave up their old political role of intervening in the market to reduce inequality. But what was supposed to follow was a new openness and fluidity in society. In fact they now have the worst of both worlds. Society has become more rigid, while the inequalities have become more extreme. Under New Labour the country is even more unequal than it was under Missus Thatcher, with an ever increasing share of the wealth going to the top one per cent of society. ibid.
104,619. In the West the corruptions and the inequalities also continued to grow. And the politicians seemed unable to do anything about it. (Power & Elite & Paranoia & Individual & Inequality & Politics) Adam Curtis, Can’t Get You Out of My Head VI Are We a Pigeon? Or Are We Dancer? ***** BBC 2021
30,534. Inequality and oppression were part of the natural order ordained by God. This was a class of staggering extremes. (England & Class & Inequality & Oppression) Dr Robert Bartlett, Inside the Medieval Mind IV: Power
30,535. A noble’s life was worth six times a peasant’s. (England & Class & Inequality & Oppression) ibid.
30,536. Serfs had to work on their lord’s lands ... For most serfs there was no escape. (England & Class & Inequality & Oppression) ibid.
30,537. Inequality was enforced by law. (England & Class & Inequality & Oppression) ibid.
34,711. Of all the forms of inequality, injustice in healthcare is the most shocking and inhumane. (King & Inequality & Health) Martin Luther King junior
78,287. An earthly kingdom cannot exist without inequality of persons. Some must be free, some serfs, some rulers, some subjects. (Kingdom & Inequality) Dr Martin Luther King junior
44,904. ‘I know from experience that even mentioning income distribution leads to angry accusations of class warfare ... Why has the response to rising inequality been a drive to reduce taxes on the rich?’ (Media & Inequality & Taxes) Orwell Rolls in His Grave 2003, Paul Krugman
50,005. Almost half of the population of the world lives in rural regions and mostly in a state of poverty. Such inequalities in human development have been one of the primary reasons for unrest and, in some parts of the world, even violence. (Poverty & Inequality & Population) A P J Abdul Kalam
59,763. This is a far cry from a civilised image of Roman society. Such bloody brawls mirror a waning world while the Empire is at its peak. A social crisis is brewing. The egalitarian ideal of the Republic is over. The gap between social classes is widening. (Rome & Class & Inequality) The Roman Empire: Grandeur and Decadence
61,177. America simply not seeing them as equals. (Islam & Muslim & Inequality) Islam – What a Million Muslims Really Think
77,240. But it is also clear that left entirely untouched by public policy, the capitalist system will produce more inequality than is socially healthy or than is necessary for maximum efficiency. Barney Frank
77,241. Increasing inequality in income distribution in this country has broader policy implications, and there is also the growing problem of perverse incentives that result from executives receiving grossly disproportionate compensation based on decisions they themselves take. Barney Frank
77,242. Can one preach at home inequality of races and nations and advocate abroad good-will towards all men? Dorothy Thompson
77,243. In a world of increasing inequality, the legitimacy of institutions that give precedence to the property rights of ‘the Haves’ over the human rights of ‘the Have Nots’ is inevitably called into serious question. David Korten
77,244. A man willing to work, and unable to find work, is perhaps the saddest sight that Fortune’s inequality exhibits under this sun. (Inequality & Work) Thomas Carlyle
77,245. Some of the latest figures on inequality are breathtaking; we do live in a fundamentally unfair society and a run-down democracy. There must be change. (Inequality & Change) Will Hutton, The State to Come preface
77,246. Inequality is at record postwar levels, with the incomes of those at the bottom, after housing costs, falling in real terms. ibid. pp14-15
77,247. Another key component of a successful economic and social policy is the lowering of inequality, or at least its stabilisation. Inequality of income destabilises the pattern of demand. Inequality of risk exacerbates short-termism as people compensate for uncertainty in the future by looking for ever greater returns in the present. Moreover, the social consequences of inequality have growing economic effects, as those at the bottom churn from unemployment or semi-employment and back again with little incentive to train or improve their lot. ibid. pp39-40
77,248. A permanent division of labor inevitably creates occupational and class inequality and conflict. (Inequality & Labour) Robert Shea
77,249. It was possible, no doubt, to imagine a society in which wealth, in the sense of personal possessions and luxuries, should be evenly distributed, while power remained in the hands of a small privileged caste. But in practice such a society could not long remain stable. For if leisure and security were enjoyed by all alike, the great mass of human beings who are normally stupefied by poverty would become literate and would learn to think for themselves; and when once they had done this, they would sooner or later realise that the privileged minority had no function, and they would sweep it away. In the long run, a hierarchical society was only possible on a basis of poverty and ignorance. George Orwell, 1984
90,124. Fundamental sexual inequalities still remain. (Suffragettes & Rights & Women & Equality & Feminine & Inequality) Amanda Vickery, Suffragettes: Forever! The Story of Women and Power III
90,559. I know from experience that even mentioning income distribution leads to angry accusations of class warfare ... Why has the response to rising inequality been a drive to reduce taxes on the rich? (Tax & Inequality) Paul Krugman
109,545. Massive wealth inequality remained. Between the years 1800 and 1920 economic inequality in the United States increased more than a hundred-fold. (Working Class & Class & Repression & United States of America & Solidarity & Industrial Action & Strike & Trade Union & Labour & Poverty & Inequality) Plutocracy III: Class War, 2017
109,576. How much inequality is enough? (Inequality & Wealth & Rich) Alex Gibney, Park Avenue: Money, Power and the American Dream, 2012
109,577. This stretch of Park Avenue on the Upper East side of Manhattan is the wealthiest neighbourhood in New York city. This is where the people at the top of the ladder live. The upper crust. The ultra rich. But this street is about a lot more than money: it’s about political power. The rich here haven’t just used their money to buy fancy cars and private jets and mansions: they’ve also used it to rig the game in their favour. (Inequality & Wealth & Rich) ibid.
109,578. As of 2010 only 400 of the richest Americans controlled more wealth than the bottom half of American households. (Inequality & Wealth & Rich) ibid.
109,579. 740 Park Avenue in Manhattan is currently home to more billionaires than any other building in the United States. (Inequality & Wealth & Rich) ibid.
109,580. Nobody’s money talks louder than David Koch. This right-wing oil tycoon with a fortune of $25,000,000,000 is the richest resident of 740 Park Avenue. (Inequality & Wealth & Rich) ibid.
109,581. In 2000 Koch Industries had to pay a $30,000,000 fine for its role in over 300 oil spills. (Inequality & Wealth & Rich & Oil) ibid.
109,582. What kind of freedom is American Prosperity talking about? (Inequality & Wealth & Rich) ibid.
109,583. One in seven Americans receive food stamps. (Inequality & Wealth & Rich) ibid.
109,584. The tax rates corporations actually pay is at an all-time low. (Inequality & Wealth & Rich & Tax) ibid.
116,960. Companies across Britain are in the spotlight on pay. Now the government’s making large companies declare their gender pay gaps. But is your boss playing by the rules? (Equality & Inequality & Pay & Wages) Dispatches: The Truth About Your Pay, Channel 4 2018
116,961. A new industry has sprung up offering advice on the reporting legislation. (Equality & Inequality & Pay & Wages) ibid.