The Spirit Level
Why Equality Is Better for Everyone
Kate Pickett & Richard Wilkinson
This book can be downloaded and read in iBooks on your Mac or iOS device.
Why do we mistrust people more in the UK than in Japan? Why do Americans have higher rates of teenage pregnancy than the French? What makes the Swedish thinner than the Greeks? The answer: inequality.
This groundbreaking book, based on years of research, provides hard evidence to show:
- How almost everything - from life expectancy to depression levels, violence to illiteracy - is affected not by how wealthy a society is, but how equal it is
- That societies with a bigger gap between rich and poor are bad for everyone in them - including the well-off
- How we can find positive solutions and move towards a happier, fairer future
Urgent, provocative and genuinely uplifting, The Spirit Level has been heralded as providing a new way of thinking about ourselves and our communities, and could change the way you see the world.
From Publishers Weekly
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Denied by hardline rightwingers but actually quoted by Labour and Tories recently. This book talks of a future fair for all. How can that be a bad thing?
Why do people still fall for this?
Here we are again - a praise of communism. Contrary to the author I had first hand experience of living in this system of equality and none of his claims were true. Not a single one.
this does not praise the eastern bloc economies, as one reviewer suggests. it does however bring together lots of statistics, mainly those gathered by the UN or OECD to illustrate that inequality in developed nations is a cancer we can all do without. buy it, share it, discuss it with anyone you can. then decide to act on what you know