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What are some realistic and creative ways to reduce wealth inequality?

I am a a third year student completing a degree in Social Work in Hamilton, New Zealand. I am currently doing a paper on Social and Community Development where I have to consider a topic of interest and then form a plan based on a theoretical perspective to eliminate or reduce a social issue.

My chosen topic is: Then impact of wealth inequality on social cohesion within New Zealand.

I would love to hear some creative and realistic thoughts around reducing this social issue which is a rapidly increasing, world wide issue. If anyone is well versed around topics such as this, stating your political ideology/perspective/basis of your ideas would be a great help so that I am able to further research the good idea's!

The primary focus will be on reducing wealth inequality as by doing this, social cohesion will increase. Despite this, I do hope to develop a small scale plan to increase social cohesion as well to strengthen the assignment.

Thanks heaps in advance :)

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  • May 27 2013: I have a Google blog entry on a subject close to this. It is far too long to post here, but here is a very brief synopsis:

    I have no harsh feelings for rich people in general. However, when their tremendous wealth comes either directly or indirectly from the sweat and labor of others, then I believe they have a moral obligation to help those people who helped them make their billions.

    Here is my basis for bridging the socioeconomic gap and opening the doors to a more cohesive society.

    Education leads to better communication.
    Communication leads to better understanding.
    Understanding leads to better cooperation.
    Cooperation leads to better results.

    To accomplish this, I propose a government-sponsored college-level education for all citizens in the lower socioeconomic groups, coupled with a government-sponsored public works employment program to provide actual work experience for permanent employment.

    Needless to say, a program such as this would be quite expensive. However, I believe that we will be making a huge investment in our country's future, along with many other benefits. It should also open the lines of communication, understanding, and cooperation among the various socioeconomic groups, breaking down barriers, destroying prejudices, and promoting social cohesion at levels we have not see in this country for more than 200 years.

    If you are interested and want more details than I can post here, you should be able to find my blog site by doing a Google search on "Restoring Democracy: The Road to Social Cohesion," and my blog on this subject should be at the top of the list.

    Good luck on your paper. You seem to be getting some very good perspectives here on the subject.

    Jim

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