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Title: 62 People Have More Wealth than Half the World, Top 1% Have More than All of Us
Source: The Anti-Media
URL Source: http://theantimedia.org/62-people-h ... op-1-have-more-than-all-of-us/
Published: Jan 18, 2016
Author: Claire Bernish
Post Date: 2016-01-19 19:09:41 by Deckard
Keywords: None
Views: 453
Comments: 4

Just 62 individuals now hold the same amount of wealth as 3.6 billion people, the bottom half of the entire planet — a shocking statistic made even more alarming when considering as recently as 2010, that same half of all wealth was held by 388 people. Now, 80 billionaires collectively hold over $2 trillion, while the bottom half has lost $1 trillion of their wealth — in just five years.

A new report published Monday by Oxfam International — tellingly titled, An Economy For The 1% — reveals a number of jaw-dropping figures that illustrate the struggles resultant from such an exponential increase in the stratification of wealth. According to the study:

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“The global inequality crisis is reaching new extremes. The richest 1% now have more wealth than the rest of the world combined. Power and privilege is being used to skew the economic system to increase the gap between the richest and the rest. A global network of tax havens further enables the richest individuals to hide $7.6 trillion. The fight against poverty will not be won until the inequality crisis is tackled.”

In only five years, those 62 billionaires saw their wealth grow 44% — an increase of $542 billion — to a whopping $1.76 trillion. And, of course, the flip side of this concentration of money at the top meant “the wealth of the bottom half fell by just over a trillion dollars in the same period — a drop of 41%.” Half of all global wealth accrued just since the year 2000 ended up in the hands of the 1%, while the poorest half of the planet’s population split a meager 1% of that increase. In nearly 25 years, Oxfam further revealed, the income of the world’s poorest 10% has risen by less than a single cent per day — an increase of less than $3.00 each year.

On average, each adult belonging to the richest 1% on Earth has wealth totaling $1.7 million — a figure 300 times greater than the average held by 90% of people on the planet, “although for many people in the bottom 10 percent their wealth is zero or negative.”

But the poverty-fighting group doesn’t stop with simply listing figures; instead, Oxfam issued a scathing explanation of how such wealth and income disparities became reality.

“Far from trickling down, income and wealth are instead being sucked upwards at an alarming rate. Once there, an ever more elaborate system of tax havens and an industry of wealth managers ensures that it stays there, far from the reach of ordinary citizens and their governments. One recent estimate is that $7.6 trillion of individual wealth — more than the combined gross domestic product (GDP) of the U.K. and Germany — is currently held offshore […]

“Economic policy changes over the past 30 years — including deregulation, privatization, financial secrecy, and globalization, especially of finance — have supercharged the age-old ability of the rich and powerful to use their position to further concentrate their wealth […]

“A powerful example of an economic system that is rigged to work in the interests of the powerful is the global spider’s web of tax havens and the industry of tax avoidance, which has blossomed over recent decades. It has been given intellectual legitimacy by the dominant market fundamentalist world view that low taxes for rich individuals and companies are necessary to spur economic growth and are somehow good news for us all. The system is maintained by a highly paid, industrious bevy of professionals in the private banking, legal, accounting, and investment industries.”

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Though there exist perfectly justifiable arguments for the elimination of taxation, in the meantime, these elites and über-rich individuals — and often their corporations — exploit the system for personal benefit in a way not possible for the rest of us. By throwing money into political campaigns, think tanks, lobbying firms, and other means of influence, the ultra-wealthy retain the ability to form policy by proxy. Both dark money and overt funding pressure politicians into legislating for the few. As Jared Bernstein of the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities recently pointed out, “There’s this notion that the wealthy use their money to buy politicians; more accurately, it’s that they can buy policy, and specifically, tax policy.”

In fact, in an analysis of 200 top companies, including the World Economic Forum’s strategic partners, as well as picks from some of the world’s largest businesses, Oxfam found nine in ten “have a presence in at least one tax haven” — and with just 50 big banks managing the bulk of “offshore wealth,” havens are unbelievably lucrative. Tax avoidance, in creating strains on world governments’ ability to fund basic social programs — including those meant to aid society’s most vulnerable people — has been termed a “violation of international human rights law” by the International Bar Association.

One crucial finding in the report evidences the systemic disparity in pay between men and women around the globe — in particular, the “acceptability of paying women lower wages … cited as a key factor in increasing profitability.” Money-hungry companies avoid implementing vital fire and safety measures to eke out every possible ounce of profit. Employment of monopolies, intellectual property laws, and industry lobbyists further benefits the few at the expense of the majority.

“The current system did not come about by accident,” Oxfam’s report scolds. “[I]t is the result of deliberate policy choices, of our leaders listening to the 1% and their supporters rather than acting in the interests of the majority. It is time to reject this broken economic model.” Even further, Oxfam asserts, humanity can do better than this, we have the talent, the technology, and the imagination to build a much better world. We have the chance to build a more human economy, where the interests of the majority are put first.”

The question is, will we do it?

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#1. To: Deckard (#0) (Edited)

humanity can do better than this

We have the chance to build a more human economy, where the interests of the majority are put first.”

you know we can't just look at the responses to the earlier thread on this subject obscene wealth and not understand that this problem is a problem of corruption, of attitude. Oxfam and many other agencies are suffering no only from lower giving but the huge number of displaced persons and it isn't the responsibility of the developed nations who have their own populations in poverty.

What you have here is the classic leftist line. Now I am an advocate of fair wages, of a welfare system that cares for the disadvantaged, of a health system that looks after everyone, but I am not an advocate of massive aid from developed counries to developing countries who are creating their own problems. The problem is population and no more so than in these countries where the problems are most evident. In the past the planet dealt with these problems there were wars for scarse resources, there were famines and there were migrations, but the planet has run out of vacant land suitable for agriculture and resettlement. There are vast parts of africa with low population, let the africans migrate there. there are vast resources in the middle east let those people look after their own population, their own ethnicity.

A great start would be to introduce truth in fanancial systems, in all corporations paying thier fair share of taxation in the countries they trade in, in there being no tax havens, no wealth shelters, no numbered accounts in obscure banks, but that 62 of the wealthiest people are not going to stand for that. they will make generous bequests while at the same time lobbying for the status quo and even more generous treatment becuase afterall they are the job creators. Someone should stop and ask where are these jobs they are creating. The present adjustment in the financial markets is because they overheated the Chinese economy creating thes e jobs in cheap labour countires and exploiting various populations

paraclete  posted on  2016-01-19   19:59:10 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#2. To: Deckard, paraclete, All (#0)

FYI.

Forbes Billionaires: Full List Of The 500 Richest People In The World 2015

"While anyone with enough loot to make our count is well within the top 1% worldwide, income inequality is present even among this group: the richest 500 individuals collectively hold $4.7 trillion of that $7.05 trillion total. That translates to just over a quarter of billionaires accounting for two thirds of the wealth on our list."

So what is the nationality of the of the top quarter of billionaires?

потому что Бог хочет это тот путь

SOSO  posted on  2016-01-19   21:02:36 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#3. To: SOSO (#2)

So what is the nationality of the of the top quarter of billionaires?

and what is their politics ? Bill Gates ,Warren Buffett ,Larry Ellison ? All Democrats .Of the top 20 richest Americans ,75 % of them are Democrats . In this Top 20 group, Democrats have a combined net worth of $263.1 billion dollars while the Republicans have a combined net worth of only $143.9 billion dollars. The funny thing is that the Dems believe in redistribution . But only if they are talking about the Koch Bros .

Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?

tomder55  posted on  2016-01-20   8:34:33 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#4. To: tomder55 (#3)

The funny thing is that the Dems believe in redistribution . But only if they are talking about the Koch Bros .

That is very consistent with DRats. They are all for free speech as long as you say what they want to hear or approve of. Among other things DRats are the most hypocritical, lying MFs around.

потому что Бог хочет это тот путь

SOSO  posted on  2016-01-20   15:55:39 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


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