h/t: Being Liberal
- Income Inequality Goes Viral (billmoyers.com)
- This Viral Video Will Change How You Think About Wealth Distribution in the U.S. (fastcoexist.com)
- How wealth inequality crowds out America’s success (timpanogos.wordpress.com)
- Wealth inequality in America infinitely worse than you think it is (coolrevolution.net)
Richard Wilkinson is an epidemiologist and a leader in international research of inequality. He is also the co-author of The Spirit Level: Why Greater Equality Makes Societies Stronger with Kate Pickett. Their book has been described by The Sunday Times of London as having “a big idea big enough to change political thinking. In half a page,” the Times says, “it tells you more about the pain of inequality than any play or novel could.”
His TED talk — “How economic inequality harms societies” — has garnered over 1 million views on the TED website since October 2011.
We caught up with him to talk about how inequality can be dangerous to our health.
Mitt Romney regularly incorporates lyrics from “America the Beautiful” into his stump speeches. Little does he probably realize that the hymn was written by a progressive feminist lesbian who composed it to critique country’s greed, excess, and growing economic inequality. The original third-verse lyrics Katharine Lee Bates wrote in 1894 were as follows:
God shed his grace on thee
Till selfish gain no longer stain
The banner of the free!