Remembering the “Occupy Movement”

This morning, September 17, 2012,  the corporate media contain stories of the “Occupy Movement” of 2011. There are also analyses of whether or not anything has changed in our democratic society because of Occupy Wall Street; Occupy Toronto, etc..

John Macfarlane, editor of The Walrus magazine, has devoted his “Editor’s Note” in the October 2012 edition to the topic of income inequality. In his concluding paragraph he writes:

“It’s not as if we lack the tools to reduce income inequality, which are generally thought to include the creation of a culture of restraint, a commitment to effective regulation, and income redistribution.”

So, if we have the tools, why not use them? Do we wish to continue along the road we are presently travelling, with divergent lanes for the rich and the rest of us? Macfarlane says that:

“While it’s the subject of some debate, growing evidence suggests that extreme inequality adversely affects outcomes across a range of issues, including mental health, obesity, infant mortality, teenage pregnancy, life expectancy, literacy, numeracy, and, not surprisingly, social mobility.”

Read the whole editorial at http://www.walrusmagazine.com

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