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A political clarion call,
This review is from: The Spirit Level: Why Equality Is Better For Everyone (Paperback)
For those of us who are uneasy with the way the political debate has gone for the past thirty years and who looked on in horror at the growing poverty at one end of society and the hugely inflated bonuses handed out to the other; who felt vindicated by the collapse of British industry (does anyone remember how we use to make cars?) and of the world financial system (aka the biggest crap game in town), then this book is for you.
Wilkinson and Pickett argue that a greater equality in society is better for our mental health, will reduce crime, will create more social cohesion and sense of community, will improve the environment, will extend democracy, and will even improve the economy. They deal with each issue chapter by chapter, using sociological research and statistical data to argue their case.
The case for equality is a powerful one and it is powerfully made here.