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How Economic Inequality Harms Societies

Hits: 5900 | Rating: (2.7) | Category: News & Politics | Added by: Kain1
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patchgrabber
Male, 30-39, Canada
 5718 Posts
Tuesday, March 12, 2013 2:07:32 PM
V Says the Canuk after watching a vid wherein some Canadian provinces are justifiably compared to some US states....

Well, our current PM has been on record saying he wants our conservatives to act more like your conservatives, so I wouldn't necessarily disagree with you here, given the road we're on.

LordJim
Male, 50-59, Europe
 4609 Posts
Tuesday, March 12, 2013 1:23:14 PM
OldOllie,

This guy may be right or wrong (and I find him very persuasive, but if you think he's a yahoo then you don't know what the word means. 'A rude, noisy or violent person'? Damn, you must have lead a sheltered life.


QueenZira
Female, 18-29, Midwest US
 2181 Posts
Tuesday, March 12, 2013 9:51:10 AM
V Says the Canuk after watching a vid wherein some Canadian provinces are justifiably compared to some US states....

patchgrabber
Male, 30-39, Canada
 5718 Posts
Tuesday, March 12, 2013 9:30:56 AM
If they were a nation unto themselves, they would rate 86th in the world in life expectancy, falling behind 18 developing countries.

From my experience travelling in the US, one thing I've noticed is that you never seem to be more than a half-an-hour away from the third world.

Squrlz4Sale
Male, 40-49, Eastern US
 6018 Posts
Tuesday, March 12, 2013 2:48:43 AM

@OldOllie: Actually I don't think he's reversed cause and effect here. Rather, it may be that you're looking at the situation ass-backwards.

*ba-dum-ksssh!* I'm here all week, folks.

Squrlz4Sale
Male, 40-49, Eastern US
 6018 Posts
Tuesday, March 12, 2013 2:45:18 AM

@CreamK: Nice to know there's a Finn or two on here. I haven't followed much news out of Suomi lately, so I appreciate the update. Now, if you can just figure out a way to send me a package of pulla and some decent Finnish coffee, I'll be in heaven. =^.^=

OldOllie
Male, 60-69, Midwest US
 14411 Posts
Monday, March 11, 2013 11:17:09 PM
This yahoo's biggest problem is that he has completely reversed cause and effect.

klaxor
Male, 18-29, Western US
 647 Posts
Monday, March 11, 2013 4:50:39 PM
"Imagine what we could do with Mississippi, crush the high poverty rate and eliminate the education gap and see a whole new state reborn from the ashes..."

- Exactly, we should do what Sherman forgot to finish and burn the whole place to the ground

CreamK
Male, 40-49, Europe
 1144 Posts
Monday, March 11, 2013 12:46:05 PM
Nice try, 5Cats. You do what ever you have to do to keep your world rid of all the poor, sick and homeless. Oh, and everyone has to have a gun. Since those poor might one day want food and you sure aren't giving it a way.Because that waits at the end of that path, violent revolution... Poor WILL get their share one day and then some.

CreamK
Male, 40-49, Europe
 1144 Posts
Monday, March 11, 2013 12:28:05 PM
@ Squrlz4Sale:

I think so too and so does Dalai Lama, who once said that it starts from Finland... We have our problems here too but in comparison, we have it here really good.

But.. The new economic rulers are creeping in, students haven't got their financial aid raised in 12 years, welfare hasn't followed the inflation in 10 years, housing aids are way below the cheapest available rents etc.. I blame the right wing parties that are kissing EU bankers asses and stupid Finnish people for accepting it.

QueenZira
Female, 18-29, Midwest US
 2181 Posts
Monday, March 11, 2013 11:23:19 AM
I would love to see the worst off part of the US (Deep South) get more economically equal, it would solve all their legendary longstanding bedevilments. Imagine what we could do with Mississippi, crush the high poverty rate and eliminate the education gap and see a whole new state reborn from the ashes...

QueenZira
Female, 18-29, Midwest US
 2181 Posts
Monday, March 11, 2013 11:17:15 AM
From the same data, on the Deep South: (Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina)

"If they were a nation unto themselves, they would rate 86th in the world in life expectancy, falling behind 18 developing countries. The list of healthy happy countries that live longer include Ecuador, Sri Lanka and Libya. MS. which ranks at the bottom for virtually every standard of living in America has a shorter life expectancy than the West Bank and Syria. It is a tragic and unnecessary reality that someone who suffered under the maniacal genocidal rule of a despot for 34 yrs in the north African desert can expect to live longer than someone born in the MS. delta. A man living in the former Soviet republic of Georgia now has a longer life expectancy than someone who grew up in Ray Charles' Georgia."

patchgrabber
Male, 30-39, Canada
 5718 Posts
Monday, March 11, 2013 9:32:00 AM
Although @Andrew's suggestion of removing crony capitalism is a good one, it's not the only thing driving the divide. Plus in order to stop it you'd have to get the people who directly benefit from it to stop doing it...not very likely.

klaxor
Male, 18-29, Western US
 647 Posts
Monday, March 11, 2013 9:18:25 AM
@sparki1980, tell that to the guy in the video

Squrlz4Sale
Male, 40-49, Eastern US
 6018 Posts
Monday, March 11, 2013 7:57:37 AM

I loved this video. As one of the few people on here who's lived in both Finland (at the top of most of the charts of industrialized nations) and the U.S. (at the bottom of many of the charts of industrialized nations) I can report that we could learn one helluva lot from the Finns.

Problem is, this country is filled to the brim with a galling combination of ignorance ("Where's Finland? They're communist, right?") and arrogance ("U!S!A! U!S!A! We're #1!"). I don't expect us to move in any direction in the near future but backward.

sparki1980
Male, 30-39, Eastern US
 329 Posts
Monday, March 11, 2013 7:48:30 AM
"I don't get it. So the "size" of the gap is to blame for "feelings" of insecurity?" - klaxor

You need to go look up the difference btwn correlation and causation

FoolsPrussia
Male, 30-39, Western US
 3399 Posts
Monday, March 11, 2013 7:46:46 AM
The most interesting part is how far behind the USA is on income mobility. We're supposed to pride ourselves on the ability to rise from the lower classes.

Kain1
Male, 18-29, Europe
 1463 Posts
Monday, March 11, 2013 7:09:03 AM
I'm getting the distinct impression that less than half of the commenters here actually watched the video.

This isn't the one with the money stacks.
This is a ted talk from 2 years ago. It's not biased. It only deals with data and what can be directly learned from that data. It's science, not politics. Watch it before you comment.

klaxor
Male, 18-29, Western US
 647 Posts
Sunday, March 10, 2013 11:35:30 PM
I don't get it. So the "size" of the gap is to blame for "feelings" of insecurity?

I don't think poor people are busy comparing themselves to the filthy rich. I think they're more preoccupied with paying the rent. Yes, the inequality gap is indicative of social issues, but his focus on the social anxiety that it causes completely misses the point.

auburnjunky
Male, 30-39, Southern US
 10129 Posts
Sunday, March 10, 2013 10:17:00 PM
Yep. Venezuela tried to fix income inequality. Chavez took everyone's money, so they were all poor.

Everyone then lived in huts. Not just the poorest.


OldOllie
Male, 60-69, Midwest US
 14411 Posts
Sunday, March 10, 2013 7:40:34 PM
higher taxes for everyone and the problem gets solved

Right, no more inequality. When the economy collapses, we'll ALL be broke.

And for out next video, "How Arrogant Liberals Attempting to Eliminate Economic Inequality Completely DESTROY Societies."

Pooptart19
Male, 18-29, Southern US
 2289 Posts
Sunday, March 10, 2013 6:16:37 PM
Gotta go with Andrew155 on this one.

Canoas
Male, 18-29, Europe
 429 Posts
Sunday, March 10, 2013 6:08:59 PM
"Lee Doren's Video Rips this bull-crap apart.

Wilkinson uses "bait and switch" with his terms: Income is NOT "wealth" ok? "
Nope. That video has nothing to do with Richard Wilkinson's. That dude goes on to talk about wealth and how wealth is not a good identifier while Wilkinson only uses income in his analyses.
I have no idea why you posted that video as it's completely unrelated.

5Cats
Male, 50-59, Canada
 25750 Posts
Sunday, March 10, 2013 5:13:31 PM
Lee Doren's Video Rips this bull-crap apart.

Wilkinson uses "bait and switch" with his terms: Income is NOT "wealth" ok?

Canoas
Male, 18-29, Europe
 429 Posts
Sunday, March 10, 2013 4:36:30 PM
higher taxes for everyone and the problem gets solved

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