Southern European nations and the United States have the highest levels of inequality Source: Which wealthy countries have the worst inequality? – Agenda – The World Economic Forum

English: Official logo of the World Economic F...

English: Official logo of the World Economic Forum. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

In this article by WEF, a new more accurate statistical measure by Morgan Stanley is cited, in which Southern European nations and the United States have the highest levels of inequality.

 

Source: Which wealthy countries have the worst inequality? – Agenda – The World Economic Forum

The Southern European inequality is of course not helped by massive levels of austerity.

Thoughts?

We need to be shocked into action about why wealth still dictates life expectancy | Comment is free | The Guardian

Labour law concerns the inequality of bargaini...

Labour law concerns the inequality of bargaining power between employers and workers. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

In this op-ed in the Guardian, Paul MMason writes that there is a vast and growing health inequality between the poor and the well-off, arguing that it’s a reflection of the tilted playing field of life

Source: We need to be shocked into action about why wealth still dictates life expectancy | Comment is free | The Guardian

I respect the evidence that Mason is citing. However, his article is biassed by his own politics which strongly favor socialism and a bigger state to solve the problems.

With more conservative politics, I see things differently. For me, government policy must help people to help themselves. Of course, I agree with proper safety nets for the truly needy.

There are enormous challenges, including education, skills, diet, personal healthcare, work and leisure.

The context of increasing junk-food availability needs addressing too.

The economic outlook is for fewer traditional jobs on the back of increasing technology. So governments need policies to keep people active, healthy and as net contributors to society.

Thoughts?