Category: Global inequalities

Taking the wall street bull by the horns

Taking the wall street bull by the horns

What we are seeing in the political landscape of America is that newly created wealth is increasingly going in the pockets of the already rich. In his infamous Communist Manifesto, Karl Marx seemed to provide early warning of this progression. He told us that capitalism would inevitably lead to stark inequality. That those who own capital will exploit those that do not; increasing working hours, creating inhumane working conditions and so on. So why didn’t we listen?

The gap is widening – Inequality in the UK.

The gap is widening – Inequality in the UK.

Inequality is a big issue in the UK. 2018 saw the fall in average income of the poorest fifth of the population by 1.6% while the average income of the richest fifth rose by 4.7% (Office for National Statistics). While income per person is a somewhat useful indicator of inequality, there is far more to it than just how much money is in the pockets of people in the UK: Factors like health and other social issues are key to improving inequality as a whole country-wide.

Shop ‘til you drop: The modern tragedy of contemporary consumer capitalism and a planet at breaking point

Shop ‘til you drop: The modern tragedy of contemporary consumer capitalism and a planet at breaking point

Consumer capitalism of the 21st century is in a state of crisis: relentless, excessive and unsustainable, modern capitalism has bitten off far more than it can chew. But who cares?

We are now facing an ecological crisis that is undeniably and irrefutably a consequence of the economic tendencies of consumer capitalism, where the desire for quick and cheap production ignores the issue of long term environmental sustainability (Næss 2006). As a result, we now live in an increasingly ecologically unstable world, the consequences of which you and I are starting to feel.

Should ‘International Mother Earth Day’ be called something else?

Should ‘International Mother Earth Day’ be called something else?

Although you have probably never heard of it, International Mother Earth Day is fast approaching – falling on Monday 22nd April. With climate change arguably the biggest threat facing current society, a day devoted to environmental protection and the importance of nature should be welcomed with opened arms. However, issues may arise when we consider the name given to this day – specifically, the use of the phrase ‘Mother Earth’. Some see the use of this phrase as negative, arguing that it serves only to reinforce gender stereotypes. Others, however, think the idea of Mother Earth is a reference to very real, deep and exclusive connections between women and nature.