A recent blog posted by Washington Post entitled “This chart might make you feel better about American inequality” roughly sheds light on the inequalities faced by other cultures throughout the world. The information provided can be used as an example of propoganda that may be disseminated to create a sense of ‘comfort’ or ease among citizens that may have geniune concern about the state of their present circumstance within their societal placement.
Essentially, planted information that is based on pieces of compromised data CANNOT serve as a verifiable ‘mirror’ to authentic issues facing the world nor its citizens.
The fact that everyone else in the world is enduring equality hardship, disproportionate to the USA is tragic however BY WESTERN standards, the inequality within the US is not anything to be appreciated. The mere suggestion that readers should ‘feel better’ about arbitrary killings of children, unjustified racial profiling, disproportionate incarceration of black and brown males is problematic at best. Not only is the inference irresponsible, it enlightens Americans on the factions that apparently justify the unequal treatment of those regarded as mere casualties of systemic oppressions, GLOBALLY.
But you’re probably less familiar with data on global inequality. Partly that’s because such data is scarce. The only good source I know of is Branko Milanovic, the lead economist at the World Bank’s research group. But the data Milanovic keeps is extremely sobering.
According to the CBO, before-tax/transfer income (including compensation like health coverage) grew by 21.6 percent between 1979 and 2009, and after-tax/transfer grew by 19 percent.
As a citizen of the world, most of us are well aware that the United States has the distinctive honor of being regarded as a land of opportunity. However, it is daring to believe that once in the land, the same opporunities are available to ALL of its citizens. Broken systems (including but not limited to the judicial system), favoritism, disenfranchisement, unequal treatment, and constantly changing perspective-causes types of inequality by any standard are violations against human rights.
No beatings, lynchings, and anarchy are not overt norms in the streets of the United States of America, but one can best believe the hidden attacks on CERTAIN CITIZENS is very real and DO NOT WARRANT ‘APPRECIATION’.
… that class rank matters far less than location in determining where someone falls in the global income distribution. That’s a big change from the 19th century, where class rank predominated. Milanovic argues this means we live in a “non-Marxian world,” where the relevant cleavage is not between the proletariat and the owners of capital but between those with the misfortune to be born in poor countries and those with the great fortune not to be. “A proper analysis of global inequality today requires an empirical and mental shift from concerns with class to concerns with location,” he writes. “In other words, a movement ‘from proletarians to migrants.’”
In the pursuit of global investment, citizens of the world will need to begin re-evaluating WHERE they can be most successful given the economic climate that is becoming more of a determinant than whether one is a victim of judicial oppression.