The Equality Effect
Why should we hold out any hope for greater equality when the very richest people in the world are taking more and more? Pessimistic reactions are commonplace. But there is often great pessimism just at the point when a great injustice becomes apparent –when it becomes widely accepted that it is an injustice and people start to correct it.
This edition of New Internationalist, edited by Danny Dorling, looks at the arguments for more equality and why they make sense.
The contents of this magazine will appear here throughout the month.
Stories making the news this month
6 Copy-cat war on drugs in Indonesia
6 Spain’s fearless cities
7 Copyright win for blind people
7 Introducing Lenin Moreno
7 Rosia Montana blowback in Romania
8 Malawi: neutralizing the killer in the kitchen
8 Pacifism in peril in Japan, again
9 The People versus Arctic Oil in Norway
9 China’s anthem tempo-tantrum
PLUS: Scratchy Lines by cartoonist Simon Kneebone and Reasons to be Cheerful.
The Big Story - The Equality Effect
10 The Equality Effect
Danny Dorling begins his series of articles by presenting the evidence that greater equality benefits everyone, rich and poor - and argues that it can offer us all political hope.
16 When we were more equal
A few fragments from the surprising history of equality - from the pointlessness of the Pyramids to the Roman Empire’s disastrous impact on health, with cartoons by Ella Furness.
18 The rich, the poor and the earth
Surprising new data shows that equality is not only good for health and happiness but also for the environment.
22 Firing up the change
Danny Dorling charts some possible ways forward, including a basic income scheme and/or a maximum wage, but also argues that we must learn from the countries that have not taken the road to inequality.
28 Lessons from the thirst economy
Water shortages are routine in India. Fiona Broom on citizens caught between climate change and profiteers.
31 Mark Engler Trump and the politics of impeachment
37 Kate Smurthwaite The cult of insecurity
PLUS: Polyp’s Big Bad World cartoon.
32 Film reviews
The pick of the documentaries from the Toronto Hot Docs festival.
34 Book reviews
I Was Told to Come Alone by Souad Mekhennet; Trans Like Me by CN Lester; We: Reviving Social Hope by Ronald Aronson.
35 Music reviews
Kin Sonic by Jupiter & Okwess; Salone by Kondi Band.
PLUS: Open Window, with guest cartoonist Ramses Morales from Cuba.
5 Letter from Cochabamba
Amy Booth on a festival for a man called Pablo.
26 Country Profile: Afghanistan
36 Making Waves
Indian land rights activist Prafulla Samantara talks to Veronique Mistiaen.
38 And Finally
Malian musician Fatoumata Diawara talks to Megan Iacobini di Fazio.