The United States, one of the world’s richest nations and the “land of opportunity”, is fast becoming a champion of inequality, according to the United Nations Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights, Philip Alston.
Innumerable observers have noted that the so-called developed world accounts for a disproportionate share of the world’s resources. Yet even those of us who find global inequality troubling and ultimately indefensible hesitate to raise the subject. Unlike George Orwell, that is, whose support for war-time rationing revealed his motivations towards justice at a global scale, writes Bruce Robbins.
The richest 0.1% of the world’s population have increased their combined wealth by as much as the poorest 50% – or 3.8 billion people – since 1980, according to a report detailing the widening gap between the very rich and poor.
We all support the aspiration to achieve ‘Universal Health Coverage.’ Who could possibly argue against a world in which everybody has access to the high quality health services they need, without incurring financial hardship?The problem is how we can possibly turn such a lofty ambition into reality.