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A MUST READ,
This review is from: The Spirit Level: Why Equality Is Better For Everyone (Paperback)
While this is not the first publication to draw peoples attention to the impact of inequality, it is by far the most comprehensive and well written. The authors present compelling evidence that more equal societies, those with a narrower gap between rich and poor, are more cohesive, healthier, suffer fewer social problems and are more environmentally sustainable. It may prove uncomfortable reading for many but the book brings to the reader the hard realities of life in unequal societies like the UK and the USA. It promts the reader to challenge the conventional thinking about whether alowing huge inequalities is sustainable and to consider what could and should be done to develop a fairer society. This is a superb book and anybody at all interested in the society that they live in should give it a thorough read.
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Initial post: 16 Aug 2010 17:45:07 BDT
Andrew Lale says:
In reply to an earlier post on 11 Oct 2010 20:33:40 BDT
Andrew Lale, I havn't read this book but your comments seem wildly sweeping to me!!
In reply to an earlier post on 22 Oct 2010 10:05:42 BDT
I don't think (at least in the world of politics) that the conventional thinking is that inequality is bad. In the UK at least since the days of Margaret Thatcher it has been though to be good, hence the trickle down theory held at that time. Tony Blair did nothing to reduce the inequality but instead lead the UK to increase it. Whether he thought about it at all is not known.
Perhaps just now with David Cameron and Ed Milliband at the helms of the political behemoths the current thinking might be challenged, just not yet :-)
Posted on 7 Dec 2010 13:23:27 GMT
Read the book.
Then read this one: The Spirit Level Delusion: Fact-Checking the Left's New Theory of Everything
In reply to an earlier post on 8 Dec 2010 19:08:05 GMT
E N Cuentro says:
... if you must do that, then go to the website of the Equality Trust and download the point by point refutation of that book.
In reply to an earlier post on 20 Feb 2011 03:51:01 GMT
Adam R. Tabor says:
What you call a 'refutation' is the same ad hominem and failure to distinguish correlation from causation that made the Spirit Level such a laughing stock in the first place. The Equality Trust never addresses the points made in the Spirit Level Delusion and Snowdon demolishes Wilkinson and Pickett's arguments in his new chapter
In reply to an earlier post on 5 Nov 2011 08:50:39 GMT
Last edited by the author on 5 Nov 2011 08:57:44 GMT
Garbage. You obviously have not bothered to read the refutation (or no doubt the original book) because the evidence does not fit with your a priori view of the world. The fact is that the loony right think tanks like the Adam Smith Institute hate the book because it presents empirical evidence which supports to an astonishing degree of consistency what most reasonable people have intuitively felt for years, namely: that the grotesque inequality that now exists in the UK is corrosive and damaging to society (which does exist by the way). Moreover, not only does it damage the people at the bootom of the pile, it also damages the people at the top. You loony right wingers are literally self harming.
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