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Monday, 20 January 2014

The World's Wealth is Owned by 85 People. Can you believe this?

Working for the Few - Oxfam report

I know at least 85 people, whether they be friends, family, acquaintances, business colleagues, church friends or neighbours. Everyone must know at least 85 people, thanks to Facebook which allows people to augment their friendship base. If you then scale these 85 people up on a global platform is it not astonishing to think that most of the world's wealth is accumulated in their hands or, more to the point, in their bank accounts? 

According to an Oxfam report, these 85 people are as wealthy as the rest of the world's population.If you had to place everyone on a gigantic set of the scales of justice the 85 would be parachuted into the clouds within a milisecond against the combined weight of the 3.5 billion who inhabit Planet Earth. One would think that there would exist a law of natural justice which dictates that equity should be shared equally or, at the very least, equitably. How is it that in large parts of the world families sleep on pavements by the side of the road and children die of hunger while a small number of people who would not even fill a train from Leicester to Grimsby, as a wild example, have all the means to grow fatter and fatter? 

While the poor are villified for 'scrounging' off governments and depriving the rest of us hard working people off our due rewards, the super uber rich deprive all of us, hard working or not, by not paying taxes, by paying their workers low wages and by thrusting the cross of the free-market at the rest who dare to question excessive irresponsible capitalism. 

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