There is no question that the top one percent of earners consume a large portion of wealth in this country while the other 90 percent of earners share the left-overs.
Despite his strongest conviction, in the s, that the extension of the Western welfare state to the scale of the world was inevitable, by the time of the publication of his last major work on international economics inThe Challenge of World Poverty,18 Pantheon Books, But it might also have served as a reminder that we are all connected by the political systems we live in.
But uncovering this larger picture requires more attentive histories of the making of global inequality than can be obtained when our focus at the international level is constrained by a debate about the relative merits and demerits of globalization on the one hand and the successes and failures of international development on the other.
Only by freezing individual incomes at some moment in time are we able to consider class distinctions. Secondly, by reference to several key studies I will demonstrate that where people live is representative of their social class, and outline how disconnections are formed as a consequence.
Much less does the past of our own countries provide the only relevant guide.
What is to be done?