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Posted 7 months ago
Richard Wilkinson: How economic inequality harms societies
I didnt mention any poorest countries. Do we include the USA (which has the lagest debt) at the top of the list? It's usually put at nr 10 behind Accordin to the CIA via wiki, the 10 poorest countries out of 195 are: 186 Tokelau 1,000 1993 est. 187 Malawi 900 2012 est. 188 C A R 800 2012 est. 189 Eritrea 800 2012 est. 190 Niger 800 2012 est. 191 Liberia 700 2012 est. 192 Burundi 600 2012 est. 193 Somalia 600 2010 est. 194 Zimbabwe 600 2012 est. 195 Congo, Dem. Rep.. ALL of those countries including Zimbabwe run capitalist economies with the principal means of production in prvate hands and in which the individual is allowed / encouraged to pursue his self-interest. Corruption is simply an application of the principle of self interest and often becomes normal in countries with weak governance (which is often associated with poverty). Ask any corrupt businessman or official and he or she will tell you that. NONE of those are functioning as well as the quasi socialist economy of Cuba which comes midway at nr 94: Cuba 10,200
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Posted 12 months ago
Richard Wilkinson: How economic inequality harms societies
I'm in general agreement, but don't think the legitimate questions about reliability of reporting should automatically outweigh or worse, be taken to invalidate the real results described in the figures. I work in the data gathering industry and know quite a lot about underreporting, non response bias etc. they are problems, but generally the value of the data gathered is higher than that which is not. It has to be that way. Some stats like Murder are binary and well recorded outcome (a person dies or they dont) can be taken to be more reliable than Rape (which has a subjective element of consent for example, plus possible under reporting due to shame etc.)
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Posted 12 months ago
Richard Wilkinson: How economic inequality harms societies
I don't think anyone is saying everyone in Cuba is equal, are they? The video explains that there are differences between capitalist countries, and the ones with more social pubic policies are better off in social ways. Kind of obvious really. But while we're on the comparison game, why don't you go you to go to Haiti, and experience the joys of unrestricted capitalism there? Or check out a list of the 10 poorest countries and tell me which ones wouldn't benefit from Cuban style communism?
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Posted about 2 years ago
Richard Wilkinson: How economic inequality harms societies
" Is Apple forcing its overseas workers to working in sweat-shops or is the Chinese government doing it?" Discuss. People migrate to work in factories for many reasons - in the UK we went through that in the 1800s and in the US in the 1900s. We can call it Industrialism, nobody's forcing it to happen, its just a product of the scientific view. That's an oversimplification - people were in fact forced off the land by their Landlords in the Clearances of the 1800s - many ended up in the Americas, many in Australia, and many in the Factories. Likewise, in China migration is to some extent forced but i think you'll find the drivers are "Free Market Forces" rather than foreign buyers or Government.
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Posted about 2 years ago
Richard Wilkinson: How economic inequality harms societies
".... it's not capitalism's fault, we can't blame definitions and ideas for the morally bankrupt individuals." I'm sorry Troy, I can't possibly buy that. All capitalism is crony capitalism, and a blind faith in ideology is the cause of much evil in the world if not all of it. The whole point of capitalism is that it is entirely amoral - that's why it's proponents claims to be in favour of Freedom, to try to escape responsibility.
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Posted about 2 years ago
Richard Wilkinson: How economic inequality harms societies
There's evidence enough when you look, Keith. Copy and paste this into Google- " The overall conclusion reached is that the United States most likely has been responsible since WWII for the deaths of between 20 and 30 million people in wars and conflicts scattered over the world." And you CAN argue that all capitalism is "corrupt", its not just bits of it - in the eyes of very many people the whole capitalist ballgame is corrupt. Think about it .....Good luck!
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Posted over 2 years ago
Is capitalism sustainable?
Hey, take it easy! People are animals, and as animals we're just fine ! It's just a small detail that we got smart and intelligent and are now in danger of swamping out a whole bunch of other species, their loss and ours. It's possible to fix this by cutting back on excessive consumption and ploughing effort into conservation, spreading information around the community and potentially teaching monkeys to speak because they know a lot about how to do stuff that we don't. Other species like the crocodile have lots to teach us about sustainability!
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Posted over 2 years ago
Is capitalism sustainable?
Larry, I agree there is a confusion of language and do t disagree with the way you clarify it. But is'nt the term "crony capitalism " relevant in all countries with capitalist economies to some extent, with business interest cosying up to government through lobbying? Is this some turning in point in history where commerce and Government separate, in order that a clear direction can be set for our human / social needs?
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Posted over 2 years ago
Is capitalism sustainable?
Mike, Tyler, It's nothing about wealth or anyone being envious or trying to steal your money. It's a lot to do with institutionalised unfairness and a culture of selfishness which things are trashing MY society and MY planet. I live here and wish to continue doing so. I'm personally keen to build a social system where I am able to live peacefully without people like you disrespectfully trespassing on my commons. I breathe the same air as you and drink the same water. We share - get used to it. Your pathetic obsessions of private property are creating real problems all over the planet so Respectfully, if you don't like it on this Earth where you bave to share please go elsewhere. If you can do that without creating excess carbon dioxide and other pollution that would be preferable.