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Life ain't fair - but what can we do about it?
, 5 Aug. 2011
This review is from: Injustice: Why Social Inequality Persists (Paperback)
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This reminds me of a comment I hear when I grumble about problems in life: it is not fair. And what this book does is remind us in great detail exactly why that is so right around the globe.
Well written - very readable. Lot of facts and statistics backed up with notes and references and an index. I would not doubt the veracity of what is written. Lot of facts I did not know and open ones eyes to the level of injustice on many levels and in many ways.
It is disturbing stuff and Dorling makes some comments. Writing about car ownership, for example (p 212 -214), he comments that those who most need cars - single parents - are least likely to have them and those whose lifestyle does not require a car because of location often have two. His idea that there should be some mass re-distribution sounds like an old communist ideal of each according to their needs and from each according to their means. There are echoes of Orwell's 1984.
But what are we going to do to change things? He does not really offer answers that are practicable or acceptable to many - possibly for many their gains from the inequalities are not to be given up even if it is unfair.
Right at the end Dorling comments on reviews of the original hardback version - and basically says all he can do is present the facts. On p330 he says that what people wanted was a new testament and all he was going to do was get people to think and that "the very least we can do is describe clearly the crux of our present predicament." Yes, he does that well but there is an infuriating aspect that there are no answers - inequality and injustice are so part of the fabric of society that change seems unlikely. The people who could make things different are, I guess, unlikely to buy this book.
I would read it for the knowledge it will give you but be prepared to be uneasy in that there seems nothing can be done Injustice will always be with us. Life very simply just ain't fair!
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