Skip to comments.UN human development report faults inequality
Posted on 07/23/2014 10:30:35 PM PDT by Citizen Zed
Improvements in life spans, education and incomes are slowing due to natural disasters, misguided government policies and worsening inequality in a world where the 85 richest people have as much wealth as the 3.5 billion poorest people, the United Nations said Thursday in its annual human development report.
With nearly a third of humanity poor or vulnerable to poverty, governments need to put a higher priority on creating jobs and providing basic social services, the United Nations Development Program said in the report, launched in Tokyo.
It warned that improvements in longevity, education and income, which are the three main components of the UNDP's influential index of human development, are slowing due to worsening inequality and economic disruptions, to droughts and other natural disasters and to poor government policies. But the agency also said the solutions are not complicated.
"As this report says, it's not rocket science," UNDP head Helen Clark said in an interview before the report's release.
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Most people in most countries are doing better than ever before thanks to advances in education, technology and incomes, the report said.
That part is true. The world has never been richer than it is now, and has never been as good for as many people as now. The last twenty years has seen gigantic improvements in standard of living, especially in Asia. This report acts as if China doesn't exist, but China's life expectancy went from 40 in the 1950s to 80 today. Even with the economic trouble in the developed countries, there is no reason to think improvements to the lives of the poorest wil not continue.
Equality is an evil concept in the hands of leftist, because it is subjective and always defined and measured by the ruling class.
Liberty, on the other hand, is primal. You either have it or you don’t.
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