Thursday, March 31, 2011

Today in inequality reading: Joseph Stiglitz in Vanity Fair

Of the 1%, by the 1%, for the 1% | Society | Vanity Fair: "America’s inequality distorts our society in every conceivable way. There is, for one thing, a well-documented lifestyle effect—people outside the top 1 percent increasingly live beyond their means. Trickle-down economics may be a chimera, but trickle-down behaviorism is very real. Inequality massively distorts our foreign policy. The top 1 percent rarely serve in the military—the reality is that the “all-volunteer” army does not pay enough to attract their sons and daughters, and patriotism goes only so far. Plus, the wealthiest class feels no pinch from higher taxes when the nation goes to war: borrowed money will pay for all that. Foreign policy, by definition, is about the balancing of national interests and national resources. With the top 1 percent in charge, and paying no price, the notion of balance and restraint goes out the window. There is no limit to the adventures we can undertake; corporations and contractors stand only to gain."

1 comment:

KhabaLox said...

Clicked on the link only to be assaulted by not one, but two pop-up ads for the print copy featuring a shirtless Rob Lowe.

There was a third pop-up for something else too.