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Great overview of US income inequality,
This review is from: 99 to 1: How Wealth Inequality Is Wrecking the World and What We Can Do about It (Paperback)
Chuck Collins release of 99 to 1: How Wealth Inequality Is Wrecking the World and What We Can Do about It comes on the heels of the Occupy Wall Street movement which gained mainstream notoriety throughout the press. 99 to 1 seeks to explore the concepts of inequality as well as their origins and how inequality impacts us as a society today. In other words, it provides a more in-depth exploration of the gross disparities that the Occupy movement highlighted within the American economic system.
Collins delivers an informative glance into the issues of wealth, power, and influence within the United States while avoiding the opportunity to engage in rhetoric and blame. 99 to 1 examines what wealth is and how it has become such a pervasive and defining element within both our social and political systems today. Personally I found myself gravitating toward Collins' non-accusatory writing style.
Interestingly one of the major facets of Collins's book is how wealth has become the key to influence within our modern political system. As we've all expected, political contributions appear to purchase influence and those who have lots of money to throw at politics typically gain a level of direct access that's unavailable to us. It's not necessarily any one dramatic revelation within the book that makes it worth the read, but rather Collins' well-referenced discussion that really drives home the audacity of wealth.
Collins wraps things up with some specific recommendations regarding reform and the 1%. As one might imagine, they're not altogether palatable if you're a member of a 1%, but the reality of the situation is that we can't continue to engage in rhetoric which avoids directly addressing the advantages that the 1% has within the current system.
Rather than attempt to go into great detail about the nuanced issues that Collins addresses, I'll list the questions that 99 to 1 addressed for me:
Is income inequality really growing in the United States or are we simply lodged within some romantic notion of economic equality?
How did the 1% become the 1% and how did the 99% get left behind?
What systems perpetuate the power of the 1% and why do they remain in place?
Is the United States truly the land of opportunity that we've always heard about? Is the 99% just bad at the game?
What can we do about inequality?
I can promise you that you're going to walk away from 99 to 1 with questions spawned by the points that Collins brings up, but the reality is that these questions are necessary in steering the United States onto a new, more equitable path.
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Initial post: Jun 10, 2012 12:36:29 PM PDT
Dustin M. Peterson says:
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