Why Inequality Matters: It’s Not Only Poverty

http://www.popularresistance.org/why-inequality-matters-its-not-only-poverty/

In the aftermath of the financial crash and the emergence of Occupy, there has been a resurgence of interest in inequality. According to Barack Obama, income inequality is the "defining challenge of our times", while Pope Francis states that "inequality is the roots of social ills". The effects of inequality are not confined to the poor. A growing body of research shows that inequality damages the social fabric of the whole society. When he found how far up the income scale the health effects of inequality went, Harvard professor Ichiro Kawachi, one of the foremost researchers in this field, described inequality as a social pollutant.

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