Modern Day Slavery: Wage Slaves

This is part two of three posts about modern day slavery. Here is the first, End Modern Slavery:

Unrecognised modern Slavery – “wage slaves.”

“whoever gives his labor for money sells himself and puts himself in the rank of slaves.”

The capitalists owned everything in the world, and everyone else was their slave. They owned all the land, all the houses, all the factories, and all the money. If anyone disobeyed them they could throw them into prison, or they could take his job away and starve him to death.
Nineteen Eighty-four, by George Orwell

“In the same way that we today think that the slave trade and colonial exploitation were inhuman and inconceivably bestial ways of acquiring riches, there is no doubt that coming generations will think that our form of world trade and distribution of the world’s benefits were just as inconceivable and inhuman.” 
Erik Dammann

Is working for a wage a modern form of slavery

Though not quite in the same league as the examples of slavery in the first article there are many similarities, most people are in fact enslaved to some degree. The need for shelter, food and clothing, basic needs for every human being comes at a price – your freedom and autonomy. The reality is all employees are faced with the starkest choice and that is to work for an employer or face poverty or starvation. 

For low wages the vast majority of us slave away our precious existence for the sole purpose of making huge profits for big corporations, often having two or more jobs just to pay our rent or mortgage, to put food on the table and to provide warmth and clothing, all vital for our existence. In the modern world most of us hate our jobs, we have few rights at work, long hours with constant pressure to produce or achieve more, low wages and so on, all of which we have to accept in order to try and keep a roof over our heads and food in our stomachs.  We accept this exploitation, which is in my opinion a form of slavery not much different from that of a medieval surf, with the exception that while the serf/slave would literally be dragged back if he escaped and may even pay with his life. In many ways, more subtle maybe but almost as binding, similar slavery of the majority continues in modern times. Okay we may have more luxuries compared with the serfs of times past but don’t let this fool you, in reality most of us own very little even after working our entire life. You may be considered an home owner, but your home is not yours until you have paid your mortgage, that car you may have on credit likewise is not yours, nor any of the gizmos and gadgets, the latest furniture, your fitted kitchen or bathroom and the endless embellishments we deem vital to our quality of life, if these have been paid for by credit. In reality most people are but one pay cheque away from homelessness, poverty and destitution.  Even when you home is your own,  if you are lucky enough to keep a job with a decent wage throughout  the twenty to thirty years you make repayments, when you are too old or too ill to work you may not be able to maintain your property on the puny pension or benefits doled out by the state – if you are of course fortunate to receive such as governments both here and in the US do their utmost to destroy social security  – and you end your life sinking deeper and deeper into poverty or debt and your home can be taken from you if you do not pay.

Did you know that many people do not have savings over £100 even after working all their lives, 17 million UK citizens to be exact. Faced with an unexpected bill these people are likely to be forced into debt and further deprivation if they are not able to pay their debt, such as the loss of their home which they may have struggled to pay for their entire working lives or an inability to pay rent. We are all nowadays just one pay check from homelessness.

One in three families are a month’s pay from losing homes, says study

We therefore cannot walk off from our jobs even if our lives are made a misery, and we are overworked and underpaid and barely subsisting for we would lose what little we have. Those of us with families would not wish to abandon our children to homelessness and abject poverty would we. So we continue to slave away for big corporations who profit from our labour giving the minimum required in return.

It may be argued that people who work for a wage are not slaves because they have the legal right to leave a particular employer, though in reality this is often not an option in these times of job scarcity as the fear of  quitting your job and not finding another is prohibitive. So many workers would be extremely reluctant to exercise this right even when they are paid low wages and working long hours with few if any rights in the workplace.

The only right that a wage worker has is that he or she is not the slave of any particular employer, but he or she is still a slave of the capitalist system. You have the right to leave one employer but you have to soon find another and no matter how  awful your job is – long hours and low wages, pressure, even harassment in the workplace – with so few jobs and the likelihood of not getting employment benefits because you have made yourself unemployed few hesitate to change jobs. As you lack any means of sustaining your life you are bound to an employer and these days you have little freedom to pick and choose. In the past when jobs were plentiful employers did not have the power they have now and it was easier to change jobs and secure better wages and conditions, for example in the sixties or seventies you could walk out of a job one morning and find another by the afternoon, though of course this is still wage slavery people back than had more say about where they worked and the conditions they worked under.

Furthermore employers often conspire together to keep wages low, and in recent decades with the decline of trade union influence employers have the upper hand in conflicts between workers and themselves.

“…the elite maintain wage slavery by dividing the working class through their influence over the media and entertainment industry,]educational institutions, unjust laws, nationalist and corporate propaganda, pressures and incentives to internalize values serviceable to the power structure, state violence, fear of unemployment and a historical legacy of exploitation and profit accumulation/transfer under prior systems, which shaped the development of economic theory”:

Yes in the rest of your life you have a certain amount of freedom but your time is very limited these days, work demands most of your waking life and the time you do have off you are probably too weary and tired both physically and emotionally to appreciate it. Moreover if on a low wage you may not have the freedom to participate fully in society, to enjoy entertainment, hobbies and other pass times, you may not even earn enough to eat or pay your rent or mortgage. Most people who use food banks are wage earners.

We are therefore slaves exploited for our labour.

I am profoundly shocked concerning the exploitations of vulnerable people, such grave social injustice has no place in any ethical progressive society. I fail to understand the mindset of those who exploit others in the name of personal gain, or in other words rampant greed. Life is precious to all of us and should be lived as much as possible in the way we wish to live. While work of course has to be done it should be fairly distributed, necessary and compensated with a wage that allows not only the necessities of life, but to allow for a quality of life. It should be a basic human right to have the opportunities to fulfill our hopes and dreams, not forced into wasting our precious existence slaving away for some greedy corporation, our lives taken to make another person rich.

Look at what you do. For Many of us our lives and the world’s resources are wasted producing useless luxuries or we produce goods that are deliberately wasted to keep prices high – Have you ever considered what becomes of unsold clothing in stores at the end of the season. Most of it ends up in landfill,11.9 million tons of unwanted clothing a year     This is the labour of so many people, mostly in sweatshops in so called developing countries, wasted for profit. Even if some of it is recycled as required by the EU it is nonetheless wasteful to destroy perfectly good clothing which so many people need and all for the sake of profit for the few. Sadly for many your job has one purpose and that is to make your boss rich. The waste of resources to continue to produce huge accumulations of pointless items wastes our lives. Such is produced to make a small minority rich – ask yourself do we need an entire supermarket shelf just so we can have a huge choice of shampoo such as for greasy hair, dry hair, normal hair, dandruff, for bleached hair, colored hair, for thickening hair, for babies, shampoos with hints of tints. And there will be several brands of the same.  A shop in my town is filled with ridiculous plastic trinkets, hair ornaments, junk jewelry, endless handbags, shopping bags all shapes and sizes, each year the young and fashion conscious persuaded they need the latest bag, shoes, jewelry and endless junk produced at the expense of the worlds dwindling resources simply to increase profits.

“Capitalism is slavery in so many ways. Consumers become enslaved by so many choices, and by becoming the victims of corporate America, who have ingrained people to believe they need things they don’t need. Capitalism is a sad commentary on human nature, and only serves to entrench the have-nots for their entire lives.”

“Any educated person would agree…Yes, it is.
Understanding the difference between capitalism, socialism, and communism is a wise place to start. Capitalism operates as a guise under freedom by promising those that are less fortunate too have the possibility of becoming a capitalist themselves, however they will spend their entire lives toiling to never reach that promised ending.”

Comments included in an online debate

The second comment addresses the reason that despite all the misery that capitalism has caused since forever – but most particularly in recent times –  is the implied promise that one day workers may also be capitalists themselves, the fact that this is just a pipe dream and logically could never happen seems to elude most people.

Action to end modern day slavery

“We know all too well that many workers in Asia endure forced labor to bring us the garments, foods, electronics and other goods we enjoy.

The good news is Australia is taking steps towards creating new modern slavery laws that could improve protections for vulnerable workers worldwide and we need your help to make it happen.”

Read More and sign the petition:

This petition concerns more conventional modern slavery and not slavery in the context discussed in the above article. The petition is worth signing as bringing about such changes globally will improve the lives of millions of exploited people worldwide.

Please also add your name to a letter to urge UK fashion brands to protect women who make our clothes.


Many people the world over suffer abuse at work in silence afraid that they will loose their livelihood, become homeless, destitute and poverty stricken. This is surely a form of slavery.

Related Links

Working: No More Than A Wage Slave

America’s Favorite Anarchist Thinks Most US Workers Are Wage Slaves

Wage slavery



Man: A video About Our Relationship With the Natural World.

“We have enslaved the rest of the animal creation, and have treated our distant cousins in fur and feathers so badly that beyond doubt, if they were able to formulate a religion, they would depict the Devil in human form.”
William Ralph Inge

“Humankind’s greatest priority is to reintegrate with the natural world.”  
Jonathon Porritt

“What we most need to do is to hear within us the sound of the Earth crying.”  
Thich Nhat Hanh

The following film is spot on in its depiction of our treatment of the planet and the other species with whom we share this world.


Published on Dec 21, 2012

“Animation created in Flash and After Effects looking at mans relationship with the natural world.”

Please note this comment after the video which you can view if you watch it on You Tube

“Teacher made us watch this then she asked us who the dude represented. Almost all of my classmates said Satan.”

While many more people are aware of what is happening to our world and the creatures with whom we share it the destruction and exploitation continues relentlessly. At times we can feel so helpless against the onslaught. Human beings it seems are caught up in a complex web of self-destruction from which it is not easy to extricate ourselves. Most of us wish to live in a world were no animal is harmed, including of course members of our own species, and were the environment is not laid waste and where there will be a habitable home for future generations.

Please share the video particularly with someone who is either not aware of the nightmare of destruction and exploitation which continues relentlessly, though I cannot imagine how anyone can remain oblivious, or someone who appears indifferent.

More quotations

“Today’s massive loss of species and habitat will be slowed only when the human community understands that nature is not an inferior to be exploited or an enemy to be destroyed but an ally requiring respect and replenishment.  We are part of the web of life.  Many strands already have broken.  We must act quickly to repair what we can.  Our lives and livelihood depend on it. “
United Nations Environment Programme

“Cooperation for mutual benefit, a survival strategy very common in natural systems, is one that humanity needs to emulate.”  
Eugene Odum

“The frog does not drink up the pond in which he lives. “
Sioux Indian Proverb

Most of the quotations on this page were sourced from the following website:

Please Sign Petitions to Help Save Elephants

Most people know that forests are the lungs of our planet, literally playing a critical role in every breath we take. And that they’re also home to incredible animals like the orangutan and elephant, which will go extinct if we keep cutting down their forests.

Chris Noth


The continued existence of elephants seems contstantly under threat, if it’s not poaching and the ivory trade, and the destruction of their environment it is the live exportation of these amazing creatures who are torn away from their families in the cause of greed. If nothing can be done to stop the exploitation of these animals by the year 2020 they will be extinct.


Urge Zimbabwe to Ban Live Export of the Country’s Elephants

“Zimbabwe is now allowing calves to be ripped from their mothers and sold off to anyone willing pay in unprecedented numbers. More disturbingly, the Zimbabwean government has indicated that many more elephants and other animals might be similarly captured from the wild, to be crated up and shipped off to international buyers.”

Please sign this urgent petition for elephants! Urge Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe to ban live export of the country’s elephants and step-up efforts to combat criminal poaching.”

Please read more and sign the petition:

Elephants deserve better, all animals do. Captivity is no life for any sentient being. Recall the previous entry the terrible life that circus elephant Nosey suffers or the elephants who are the focus of the following petition, used and abused for entertainment:


STOP Elephant Abuse!!!

“Since when did riding an Elephant become acceptable? Indiana State Fair should NOT allow such activities to be preformed. PLEASE sign this petition to stop the abuse!!!!

Because of the unnatural environments in which they live, captive elephants often suffer from debilitating foot conditions, arthritis and other ailments.”

Read more and please sign the petition

Animals like us want their freedom to live as nature intended. As highly Intelligent animals, elephants are socially complex, they form close family bonds as we do and like us they grieve at the loss of a son or daughter.

Read more about the intricate social lives of these fascinating animals:

Read an article and view a moving video of the reunion of an elephant and her calf

The journey of MeBai and her Mother

Published on Apr 7, 2015

MeBai she had a chance to stay with her mother only 3 and a half years before being sold to a tourism industry, she used to take a training program to entertain the tourist as the elephant riding service. And because she was too young, she began to lose weight and could not able to carry the tourist any longer. Fortunately, Lek has helped MeBai and brought her to Elephant Nature Park to retire her from working in the trekking business and included her into Pamper a Pachyderm program. Me-Bai was nervous and wary of people when she first arrived at the sanctuary, but she quickly learned that her new caretakers had no intention of abusing her in any way. Lek has found this young elephant’s Mother, her name is Mae Yui, she has been sent to another trekking camp nearby our sanctuary. So, Lek decided to invite Mae Yui owner to learn about “Pamper a Pachyderm program”. From this amazing destiny, they agreed to retire her from Trekking Business. Now, Mae Yui’s owners and Elephant Nature Park are working together to rehabilitate Mae Yui and Me-Bai so that they can return to the wild and live free.

Baby elephant torn from its mother has passionate reunion

lf you have time watch this delightful video of the friendship between an elephant and a sheep

Wild and Woolly, An Elephant and his Sheep (Full documentary)

Published on Jul 5, 2013

This is an extraordinary tale of an amazing friendship between a baby elephant, a sheep and a handful of people at Shamwari Rehabilitation Centre. Themba, the baby elephant, lost his mother after she fell down a cliff. The team at the Shamwari Rehabilitation Centre rescued him and for two years they dedicated their lives to getting this very special orphan back to the wild.

Themba befriended a very patient sheep named Albert, and together they formed a bond as strong as any human friendship. Albert never left Themba’s side and would follow Themba and his carers on long walks; share in Themba’s favourite snack of acacia pods; and when Themba took a dust bath, so did Albert. If any of the other animals at the Rehabilitation Centre tried to join in their fun and games, super protective Albert would make it quite clear that they were most unwelcome. The unlikely pair made friends with a baby giraffe, and enemies with a baby hippo. There was never a dull moment when Themba and Albert were around!

There is no doubt about it elephants are sentient beings capable of intense emotions just like us. To tear these elephants from their social group and keep them in captivity is immoral  – evil would not be too strong a word.

Most people agree that elephants need protecting from unscrupulous greedy people who have no care for their welfare or the continuance of their species. Self centred, profiteering, money is all they care about yet these people get away with it time and time again. It has to stop before it is too late.

Please sign both petitions above and send the following message concerning Nosey if you have not already done so:

Related Links

Unforgettable Elephants
Elephant Emotions

African Elephants May Be Extinct By 2020 Because People Keep Eating With Ivory Chopsticks:

Please Sign a Petition: Urge Congress to Increase the Federal Minimum Wage – Other Petitions

“A man must always live by his work, and his wages must at least be sufficient to maintain him. They must even upon most occasions be somewhat more; otherwise it would be impossible for him to bring up a family, and the race of such workmen could not last beyond the first generation.”
Adam Smith


I hope that you will sign and share the following petition and as many of the petitions that you will find further down.

Urge Congress to Increase the Federal Minimum Wage

According to the Center for American Progress, raising the federal minimum wage to just $10.90 would lift 4.5 million Americans out of poverty, benefitting as many as one in five children in the country.  – it may be a long standing feature however wages have stagnated in the last ten years

As you will see if you scroll down this is certainly not the only petition concerning low pay.

Low wages it seems are an endemic facet of our society and one that needs to end now! Whether it is the UK, the USA, or indeed the world over millions are being exploited by low wages. In particular there are many similarities between the USA and the UK concerning low pay. People are having their lives stolen from them as they slave away their precious existence on low wages to make another person rich while they themselves sink further into poverty. Here in the UK workers have just been through the longest period of falling real wages since Queen Victoria.

In the UK

According to the Roundtree Foundation

Low pay is endemic in the UK labour market. While the issue has recently moved to the forefront of the public debate on employment and job quality, it is a longstanding feature of the UK economy. More than one in five workers in the UK experience low pay, a proportion that has changed little in more than 25 years.

In the USA

Fight for $15 swells into largest protest by low-wage workers in US history

“Workers in more than 200 cities walked out on jobs or joined protests bankrolled by organized labor on Wednesday in latest bid to raise minimum wage

Workers in Atlanta, Boston, New York, Los Angeles and more than 200 cities across the US walked out on their jobs or joined marches and protests on Wednesday during what organisers claimed was the largest protest by low-wage workers in US history.”

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For most workers, real wages have barely budged for decades

“… after adjusting for inflation, today’s average hourly wage has just about the same purchasing power as it did in 1979, following a long slide in the 1980s and early 1990s and bumpy, inconsistent growth since then. In fact, in real terms the average wage peaked more than 40 years ago: The $4.03-an-hour rate recorded in January 1973 has the same purchasing power as $22.41 would today.

What gains have been made, have gone to the upper income brackets. Since 2000, usual weekly wages have fallen 3.7% (in real terms) among workers in the lowest tenth of the earnings distribution, and 3% among the lowest quarter. But among people near the top of the distribution, real wages have risen 9.7%.”

In Asia

Where most of our clothing is made by exploitative western companies who pay low wages for long hours working in poor conditions

Dignity not Poverty.

“Garment workers should earn a living wage which can sustain a decent life.

In most garment producing countries a living wage is a far cry. The garment industry is the key source of foreign income for many countries across Asia , employing millions, yet the low wages earned are trapping workers across the region into a cycle of poverty with severe consequences for workers and their families.”

Low wages destroy lives keeping people in poverty worldwide. Though long overdue finally people are standing up for their rights at least in the USA. Unfortunately here in the UK people seem to offer little resistance to low pay and the misery it entails. Even the unions seem ineffectual. Sometimes we can seem so powerless against the onslaught of greed and exploitation where the rich and powerful can never seem sate their appetite for more and more profit at our expense.

Please sign as many of the petitions below as you can. We need to demand a better life for us all, for our children and succeeding generations and demand an end to exploitative low wages for increasingly longer and longer hours. Don’t get confused between a minimum wage and a living wage. They should of course mean the same thing, the basic minimum wage should be the living wage than some, as the introductory quote suggests. More often than not the basic minimum wage is not a living wage.

Petitions relating to low pay, minimum wage and living wage.

Please sign the petition to The Mayor, Boris Johnson

“London hotels are among the most expensive in the world yet not one of them pays the living wage of £8.80 per hour, the price of a couple of coffees in the capital city.”

Petition: Do you work in fast food or retail? Do you think you deserve better?  – includes a link to a seperate petition for supporters who are not low paid to sign

Petition to CEOs of Asda, Tesco, Morrisons and Sainsburys,
Please pay all your staff at least the living wage. This is £7.45 an hour rather than £6.19 which is the legally enforced minimum wage:

A Petition to Picturehouse Cinemas, backed by the TUC, BECTU this is a petition appealing to all of the group’s customers to support payment of the Living Wage to the majority of the company’s staff who are paid much less than the Living Wage. You don’t of course need to be a customer of Picturehouse to sign

Please sign the petition: Support Airport Workers Demanding $15/hour

Raise the Minimum Wage Petition

Petition Make Chocolate Fair
Help to make chocolate fair and get a fair deal for farmers. While not a wages issue in the strictest sense it is a similar type of exploitation. – the petition is right at the top corner of the right side of the webpage.

Petition: pay US$177 as a minimum wage to Cambodian workers

“For Cambodian garment workers the current minimum wage of US$100 a month is not enough to provide for even their most basic needs. Garment workers across the country are calling for an immediate increase to US$177 as a crucial step in the fight for a living wage.”

Other action to help garment workers around the world

“The CCC is a coalition of organisations, student groups and individuals all with the same goal – to demand a change in the industry and the recognition and respect for the Human Rights of garment workers around the world. If you want to be a part of this work and get active, just pop your email in below and you’ll be added to our list of activists that take part in some very simple actions that we send out as the need arises (we promise not to inundate you!)”

The above is just a drop in the ocean of petitions and campaigns to end low pay to add them all would be overwhelming. It is time for things to change globally and legislation has to bring about such change.

“We stand for a living wage. Wages are subnormal if they fail to provide a living for those who devote their time and energy to industrial occupations. The monetary equivalent of a living wage varies according to local conditions, but must include enough to secure the elements of a normal standard of living–a standard high enough to make morality possible, to provide for education and recreation, to care for immature members of the family, to maintain the family during periods of sickness, and to permit of reasonable saving for old age.”
President Theodore Roosevelt

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The Iron Lady’s Prayer: A Parady



“Parody! Barely.

The Conservative’s* prayer to their goddess of greed, Margaret Thatcher. Her state funeral last year was bordering on outright worship of Thatcher and her ideological legacy of self-centred greed which with all the other branches of libertarianism/capitalism, is creating global harm on a colossal scale: fueling poverty, oppression and environmental devastation.

It’s bad enough when anyone participate’s, but even as an ex-christian, I find the sight of hypocrite’s who pretend to be religious, happily pushing the cult of greed over need; sickening. People who have no problem with the gaping wealth inequality, the poverty, the foodbanks, the homelessness.”

“*Not just the Tories, but UKIP, the US GOP, Conservatives in Canada and Australia…. and all the other    greedy, selfish, sociopaths everywhere.”

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I cannot and never will understand the cult of greed at the expense of other people, other animals, the earth itself, our very existence and the existence of future generations. The insatiable greed of the few is like an illness, a compulsion when enough is never enough. Like a gambling or other addition it leaves nothing but misery in its wake.  Sadly it is mostly those of this ilk who rule the world and our lives, yet few challenge this status quo. Here in the UK benefits are being stripped from disabled people, people who are too sick to work who can in many cases barely cope with day-to-day living yet are considered fit to work and for non compliance are left destitute with no income, not even the means to obtain food, shelter or warmth, all of which are basic human rights that we all should demand. While food banks open at an alarming hitherto unparalleled rate and people die in their own homes from cold here in the sixth richest country in the world, the rich get richer.

While a child dies of hunger every three seconds in so-called developing countries, while people die of preventable disease and the want of clean water and medical care, have no shelter, no education, no hope and no future, the decadent 1 percent continue living their extravagant life styles accruing more and more wealth at a phenomenal rate.

Here in the UK thanks to the sociopathic polices of Thatcher and her even more warped successor Cameron and his cohorts the gap between the have and the have nots is growing ever wider, more so here than anywhere else in Europe.

How the super rich got richer: 10 shocking facts about inequality

The gap between the super rich and the rest of us is spiralling out of control, with Britain’s 1% grabbing more than their counterparts anywhere else in Europe.

“The coalition government has already reduced the top rate of tax to 45%. Now it plans tougher benefit cuts for the poor. Under current financial plans, it will reward the top 1% even more in future, by cutting income taxes further. The rest of the top 20% can expect slight increases in their net income in the years up to 2016, while everyone else is impoverished.”

“We are facing a fork in the road between having a majority global middle class, or most of us becoming a global service class employed to satisfy the needs of a tiny minority of super-rich individuals.

In spring this year, Oxfam revealed that some 85 of the world’s richest people now had as much wealth as the poorest half of all humanity. A few weeks later, Forbes magazine updated that estimate to just 67 people. Then, within days, they corrected that estimate on their website to 66 people, so fast was the wealth of the multi-billionaires rising in the world during early 2014.”

Interesting to note the following:
London’s wealthy elite also includes the largest concentration of Russian millionaires found outside of Moscow – at least 2,000, many of whom are also “Ultras”. It is impossible to accurately assess their wealth because so much of it is hidden. But the donations from many of them to the Conservative party suggest that they have a direct interest in maintaining the low tax – especially wealth tax – policies of that party. It is not just property that the Russians are buying.
Extracts from How the Super Rich got Richer: 10 shocking facts about inequality
Read the full article:

Are the super rich getting even richer?

The world’s richest 1 per cent will own more than the other 99 per cent by next year, a charity warns.

“Do we really want to live in a world where the 1 per cent own more than the rest of us combined? The scale of global inequality is quite simply staggering and despite the issues shooting up the global agenda, the gap between the richest and the rest is widening fast.

“In the past 12 months we have seen world leaders from President Obama to Christine Lagarde talk more about tackling extreme inequality but we are still waiting for many of them to walk the walk. It is time our leaders took on the powerful vested interests that stand in the way of a fairer and more prosperous world.

“Business as usual for the elite isn’t a cost free option – failure to tackle inequality will set the fight against poverty back decades. The poor are hurt twice by rising inequality – they get a smaller share of the economic pie and because extreme inequality hurts growth, there is less pie to be shared around.”

Oxfam International executive director Winnie Byanyim quoted in the Channel4 article:
Are the super rich getting even richer?
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Take Action

Watch the Video and join the Oxfam Campaign Even it Up:

Inequality is out of control: Time to Even It Up!

Around the world, the gap between the rich and poor is spiralling out of control. Extreme inequality is not accidental or inevitable – it’s the result of deliberate policy choices by people in power. Together we must #EvenItUp and stop #inequality from undermining our fight against #poverty. Join our campaign now to close the gap between the rich and the rest:

Wealth: Having it all and wanting more –  A report by Oxfam

Global wealth is increasingly concentrated in the hands of a small wealthy elite. These wealthy individuals have generated and sustained their vast riches through their interests and activities in a few important economic sectors, including finance and insurance, and pharmaceuticals and healthcare. Companies from these sectors spend millions of dollars every year on lobbying to create a policy environment that protects and enhances their interests further. The most prolific lobbying activities in the US are on budget and tax issues; public resources that should be directed to benefit the whole population, rather than reflect the interests of powerful lobbyists.

This briefing explains Oxfam’s methodology and data sources and updates key inequality statistics, such as Oxfam’s frequently cited fact in 2014: ‘85 billionaires have the same wealth as the bottom half of the world’s population’

Download the full report:

Surely enough is enough, when are we going to take a stand against the greed of the few at the expense of the many. Time for a fair society, one that allows people to have fulfilling lives including of course the very basics which so many people lack such a shelter, food, clean water, warmth, education and health care, without exploitation of other human beings, other animals or the planet.

While the Oxfam initiative is a good start the ultimate fair world consists in removing ownership of the world’s resources from individuals who for all intents and purposes control these often essentials for the life, health and wellbeing of the vast majority of the world’s inhabitants.

“Gross economic inequality is as vile as racism, misogyny and hatred of the disabled; as damaging in effect; and as dependent on a small group of supporters who believe that just a few should have more and more and more, because they’re worth it.”

Danny Dorling