Excerpt from This from This from “Prosperity without Growth: Economics for a Finite Planet” by Tim Jackson

“Richard Wilkinson and Kate Pickett have gone even further in documenting the damage caused by unequal societies. “The Spirit Level” draws astonishing evidence of the benefits of equality across OECD nations in a range of health and social impacts. Life expectancy, child well-being, literacy, social mobility and trust are all better in more equal societies. Infant mortality, obesity, teenage pregnancy, homicide rates and incidence of mental illness are all worse in less equal ones. Tackling systemic inequality is vital, argue Wilkinson and Pickett, and not just for the least well-off. Society as a whole suffers in the face of inequality.”

“In his book “Affluenza,” clinical psychologist Oliver James presents evidence that more unequal societies systematically report higher levels of distress more than equal societies.”

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