Mr. Elliott’s article on the costs of many nations’ economic inequality conveys the feelings of millions of men and women around the world. There is presently widespread agreement on the real need for political, economic, and social reform(s) that result in much more compassion, sharing, and concern for the health and wellbeing of all people everywhere.
by Charles W. Elliott
Gandhi once famously said: “Earth provides enough to satisfy every man’s need, but not every man’s greed.” Over the past decade, we have witnessed an unprecedented grab of wealth—with its associated power and influence—by a few at the expense of everyone else. This increasing concentration of wealth for a few in the face of continuing struggles of poor and middle class families just to make ends meet is the consequence of public and economic policies that favor private interests over the public good. This inequality corrupts our political system. And it ultimately corrodes social cohesion and threatens widespread unrest.
Most people do not have a true perspective of the gross inequality in our economic systems. Fewer still understand its corrosive effects. As writer Michael Lind observed in his article “To Have and to Have Not”:
The American oligarchy spares no pains in promoting the…
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