Wealth Inequality Effects Health and Life Expectancy

We include this video on this site not only because we would like to highlight the inequality of wealth distribution, but also because there is no doubt that the wealthier are healthier. The rich eat better, get better medical care, have more leisure time to exercise and undoubtedly live longer and happier lives.

It is time that something was done about the inequality and I believe that the availability of social media and viral campaigns can help us to achieve a more fair distribution, to use a an Aussie expression “A fair shake of the sauce bottle”

The video below specifically refers to the distribution of wealth in America, but I have no doubt that situation is similar in all first world countries and probably much worse in countries without democracy and those suffering under famine and war.

Watch and share, you know it makes sense.

And many of you will be surprised to find out where a huge amount of that global wealth is spent. It is spent on war and “defence”. Why is it spent on war and the military? Because war makes lots of money for some people and the victors gain more money and power to perpetuate the status quo of the few holding most of the money and the authority to control and influence the rest with the power that it brings to them. It is an ever increasing circle of misery for many and joy for the few.

“Nowadays, we are confronted by a huge gap between rich and poor. This is not only morally wrong, but practically a mistake. It leads to the rich living in anxiety and the poor living in frustration, which has the potential to lead to more violence. We have to work to reduce this gap. It’s truly unfair that some people should have so much while others go hungry.”

The Dalai Lama

To prove this is not only the case in America we have included a report relating to the UK Sunday Times rich list. This details not only who holds the bulk of the wealth but also in which industries they work.

As much of British prime industry was destroyed during the Thatcher era, not surprisingly many of those that head the rich list are employed in the banking, hedge funds and private equity industries that created the financial crisis of recent years. Also, unsurprisingly, they have not been held accountable for that. When you have the money you have the power and that means you do not pay.

Do what you can to turn it around, even if it is only spreading the word and that is as easy as pressing a button or pasting a link on social media these days.

The Parable of the Rich Man’s Biscuits.

A divide and conquer tactic that has been used for centuries and is still working for the over privileged today

A rich man, a worker and a poor man are sitting around a table. On the table are 12 biscuits. The rich man takes 11 of the biscuits, and says to the worker: “that poor man wants your biscuit.”

This is the strategy that the media uses every day to point the blame for the problems of the world at immigrants, the unemployed and those on benefits.

The Media is the Tool that the Rich use to Promote their Propaganda

“The media’s the most powerful entity on earth. They have the power to make the innocent guilty and to make the guilty innocent, and that’s power. Because they control the minds of the masses.” – Malcolm X

If you still do not believe that your television is used to spread propaganda then this video will open your eyes.

Food for Thought

Numerous stories in the press, both the printed media and Television, like to lay the blame for working people’s woes on what they like to call scroungers – the unemployed, immigrants, people on welfare, dole bludgers, the list goes on. This is a perfect example of the divide and conquer technique that we described above in The Parable of the Rich Man’s Biscuits.

More Reading

Australia’s richest 1% own as much as bottom 60%, says Oxfam

World economic system is ‘madness’, puts money ahead of people, Pope Francis says

Six Studies That Show Everything Republicans Believe is Wrong. This is equally true of the Liberals in Australia, the Tories in Britain and probably many other right wing parties in countries that I am less familiar with.

The moral case on tax avoidance is overwhelming

How the super rich got richer: 10 shocking facts about inequality

Richest 1% to own more than rest of world, Oxfam says

Some of America’s top corporations are parking profits overseas and ducking hundreds of billions in taxes

The Spirit Level: Why Equality Is Better For Everyone
 is a brilliant 2009 book by Richard G Wilkinson and Kate Pickett that seeks to show that inequality undermines society in more than just material terms. A team of film makers are putting together a documentary based on the ideas in the book and are seeking support. Check out their taster clip

Professor Thomas Piketty has been described as “the most important thinker of his generation”. His book Capital in the Twenty-First Century has ignited arguments about power and money. It questions the myth at the heart of American life – that capitalism improves the quality of life for everyone. This is just not so, says Piketty, and he makes his case in a clear and rigorous manner that debunks everything that capitalists believe about the ethical status of making money.

It has been described as “one of the watershed books in economic thinking” and the Economist reported that Piketty’s work fundamentally rewrote 200 years of economic thinking on inequality. You can pick it up at Amazon in Hardback or Kindle format, by clicking the link below.