Reader’s Share: “How Economic Inequality Harms Societies”

“If Americans want to live the American dream, they should go to Denmark.”–Richard Wilkinson

Earlier this month I shared this viral video about wealth inequality in America. To enrich the conversation, N.A.H. reader geof recently shared this video featuring a talk by public health researcher Richard Wilkinson in which he looks at global trends of wealth inequality and drives home the point that reducing wealth disparity is in the best interest of everyone. 

Grace & Peace,

From Aspiring Humanitarian, Relando Thompkins, MSW



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I'm a Social Justice Educator and Aspiring Humanitarian who is interested in conflict resolution, improving intergroup relations, and building more equitable and inclusive communities. "Notes from an Aspiring Humanitarian" is my blog, where I write about issues of diversity, inclusion, equity, and social justice. By exploring social identities through written word, film & video, and other forms of media, I hope to continue to expand and enrich conversations about social issues that face our society, and to find ways to take social action while encouraging others to do so as well in their own ways.

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  1. Colleen says:

    I try so often to share this point of view. My study comes from observing my tenants as a landlord and then stepping over the fence, my husband is a corporate pilot and I see the amount of wealth there is in the U.S. The interesting thing is that the people living in poverty can not even fathom what the wealthy world is. In fact my middle class peers can not believe the scale of wealth and the money the wealthy spend and how it is spent. Needless to say I have had to suggest to my husband’s boss we will have to agree to disagree, I have a different point of view…..literally one of my best quotes I would say. Cheers Colleen

    • Welcome to N.A.H. Colleen. Thank you for adding to this conversation. I think it’s true that many people are just unable to fathom the amount of money that the wealthy have access to. Sometimes I find myself wondering “what does it feel like?” It’s amazing to me that one person can potentially rake in several hundreds of thousand dollars a year, while others struggle below the poverty line.

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