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[Xmca-l] Re: Working for the Few | Oxfam International



re: WEF as 'allies' for change: lord help us if we take their self-serving
intention to 'look at' inequality as anything other than a hoped-for
stabilising mechanism in the face of global revolt.
Tom Richardson
Middlesbrough
UK


On 20 January 2014 10:21, rjsp2 <r.j.s.parsons@open.ac.uk> wrote:

> Even the World Economic Forum sees our current level of inequality as a
> problem, which suggests that the push for change has allies in some
> unusual places:
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> "Worsening wealth gap seen as biggest risk facing the world - Global
> Risks Report 2014"
> http://www.zurich.com/insight/global-issues/wef/globalrisks.htm
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> Rob
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> On 20/01/2014 04:15, David Preiss wrote:
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>> This will interest (and upset) people in this list.
>> Nothing that we don't know of, unfortunately.
>> Just new reasons to keep working/thinking/worrying/protesting, I guess.
>> David
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>> http://www.oxfam.org/en/policy/working-for-the-few-economic-inequality
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>>  From the OXFAM's website:
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>> "Almost half of the world’s wealth is now owned by just one percent of
>> the population, and seven out of ten people live in countries where
>> economic inequality has increased in the last 30 years. The World Economic
>> Forum has identified economic inequality as a major risk to human progress,
>> impacting social stability within countries and threatening security on a
>> global scale.
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>> This massive concentration of economic resources in the hands of fewer
>> people presents a real threat to inclusive political and economic systems,
>> and compounds other inequalities – such as those between women and men.
>> Left unchecked, political institutions are undermined and governments
>> overwhelmingly serve the interests of economic elites – to the detriment of
>> ordinary people.
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>> In this paper, Oxfam shows how extreme inequality is not inevitable, with
>> examples of policies from around the world which have reduced inequality
>> and developed more representative politics, benefiting all, both rich and
>> poor. Oxfam calls on leaders at the 2014 World Economic Forum at Davos to
>> make the commitments needed to counter the growing tide of inequality."
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>> David Preiss, Ph.D.
>> Director
>> Escuela de Psicología
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