By Daniel Dorling

ISBN-10: 1847424260

ISBN-13: 9781847424266

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Few might dispute that we are living in an unequal and unjust international, yet what
causes this inequality to persist? prime social commentator and academic
Daniel Dorling claims during this well timed e-book that during wealthy international locations inequality is no
longer because of no longer having adequate assets to proportion, yet via unrecognised
and unacknowledged ideals which really propagate it.

Based on major learn throughout a number of fields, Dorling argues that,
as the 5 social evils pointed out by means of Beveridge on the sunrise of the British
welfare nation (ignorance, wish, idleness, squalor and ailment) are gradually
being eliminated, they're being changed by means of 5 new tenets of injustice, that:
elitism is effective; exclusion is important; prejudice is normal; greed is good
and melancholy is inevitable.

In an off-the-cuff but authoritative kind, Dorling examines who's such a lot harmed
by those injustices and why, and what occurs to those that so much benefit.
Hard-hitting and uncompromising in its name to motion, this can be crucial reading
for every person serious about social justice.

"A geographer maps the injustices of egocentric Capitalism with scholarly
detachment."
oliver James, writer of Affluenza

“His assault on elitism and melancholy is awesome, his authentic evidence
undeniable.”
Rt. Hon David Blunkett MP

“Beliefs which serve privilege, elitism and inequality infect our minds
like desktop viruses. yet now Dorling offers the brain-cleaning
software we have to start making a happier society.”
Richard Wilkinson, Emeritus Professor of Social epidemiology
and co-author of The Spirit Level

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The rise in greed occurred not just because a few might be a little more programmed to be greedy, and a tiny number have always been scurrilous enough to do better in business and then hoard gains. Greed rose because the circumstances were right; what had been in place to control greed had been removed in attempting to eradicate squalor. We mass-produced chickens and refrigerators, so that we could eat better, but also greedily, eating meat almost every day as a result. We ended up with more than people could possibly need in any one home and, for those who could afford them, more homes than they could possibly use, containing yet more fridges, more cars, more chicken, all seen as signs of success.

This happens, for example, when taxes are reduced, as taxes provide a source of redistribution from rich to poor. What is most costly is maintaining a small group of extremely wealthy people who are able to exclude themselves from the norms of society at great expense, and this is what we do manage to do, despite the huge costs to everyone else. We do this as long as we continue to be convinced that these people are especially worthy of so much wealth. The last time we stopped being so convinced, at the end of the last gilded age following the 1920s excesses, we started to spread out what we all had more fairly and we did not stop spreading it for nearly 40 years.

A common theme in the saga of human history is the story of constraining greed, learning to store grain, preaching against usury, cooperating. We last did this when we benefited from contracting inequalities in wealth, as occurred between 1929 and 1978 across the rich world. However, this time the circumstances are different. Whenever greed has been reined in before, there has later been some foreign land, some internal group, some other way in which exploitation and dominance could rise again.

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