"The Egalitarian Revolution" http://www.plosone.org/article/info:doi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0003293;jsessionid=93F8FA3B060C42F8A0774A821740F3A9
"Global inequalities in income, and living standards, have reached grotesque proportions," according to the latest annual United Nations Human Development Report (UNHDR), published last month. Sept 1999 – It’s got much worse 2008!?
While 1.3 billion people struggle to live on less than $US1 a day, the world’s richest 200 people doubled their net worth between 1994 and 1998 to more than $1 trillion. The world’s top three billionaires alone possess more assets than the combined Gross National Product of all the least developed countries and their combined population of 600 million people.
About 840 million people are malnourished, and close to one billion find it difficult to meet their basic consumption requirements. More than 880 million people lack access to health services, and 2.6 billion people have no access to basic sanitation. http://www.wsws.org/articles/1999/aug1999/un-a06.shtml
"Manual workers had cleaner hands than other professionals, students, retired people or the unemployed". http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/health/7667499.stm
BBC Radio 4 The Moral Maze http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio4/religion/moralmaze.shtml Mostly the ‘filthy’ (rich, ‘spiritual’ and self-righteous) about the ‘non-filthy’ or ‘clean’.
“The world is losing its human dimension,” he says. “Self-propelling mega-machines, large-scale enterprises, faceless governments and other juggernauts of impersonal power represent the greatest threat to our present day world: Totalitarianism is no more than an extreme expression of this threat". Vaclav Havel.
Giant database plan ‘Orwellian’ http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk_politics/7671046.stm
Glossary of the ‘Credit Crunch’ http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/business/7618653.stm#derivatives