Poverty and economic inequality are multidimensional, chronic, and debilitating systemic problems. While they are the products of deliberate economic policies made by those in power, they are often falsely treated as the personal failings of individuals within an otherwise healthy system. Poverty describes the inability to meet basic food, clothing, and shelter needs, while economic inequality describes the larger pattern of a persistent unequal distribution of wealth within a society or country. Those suffering from poverty or economic inequality are at a perpetual disadvantage to improve their economic stability due to the limited or unjust environmental, educational, judicial, and healthcare resources that are the intended or unintended consequences of political decisions.
Economic inequality is a major theme in the American political dialogue. As the country’s wealthiest people continually become richer at the expense of the poor, some research suggests they may actually become less happy and healthy.
Many people believe that poverty and inequality (economic inequality, income inequality and so on) are the same thing but... well, they're not. As explained in this video, poverty and economic inequality sometimes paint a remarkably different picture of reality.
In this brilliant book, Isabel Wilkerson gives us a masterful portrait of an unseen phenomenon in America as she explores, through an immersive, deeply researched narrative and stories about real people, how America today and throughout its history has been shaped by a hidden caste system, a rigid...
We feel instinctively that societies with huge income gaps are somehow going wrong. Richard Wilkinson charts the hard data on economic inequality, and shows what gets worse when rich and poor are too far apart: real effects on health, lifespan, even such basic values as trust.
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