Of Mice and Men is a novel known across the globe, its delicate tone and emphasis on humanity and the struggles of the world locks the readers in. What dazzles readers most about this folk classic is how it is expressed in a way that all can understand, but few comprehend the deep and dark turn of events that lie between the lines of the book at first glance. The book isn’t referenced so often for its events in the past, but more for how it is related to the present as well as the future. The main issue discussed in this masterpiece is inequality, this subject applies to not only those of the past, but to everyone in every circumstance across the world today. Although it’s the 21st century, this issue is still present in everyday life. Wealth, race, gender, and mental illness has torn society apart and lead to inequality. These major reasons for inequality has affected everyone in its path leading to major consequences as well as issues and problems. In China, a new found wealth has left the social classes more divided and issues are beginning to rise. Meanwhile in the U.S., wealth is destroying students and unequal views toward specific types of people are weakening the patriotic bond.
The level of wealth inequality from the years 1967-1970 was higher than the level of income inequality from that same time. It would seem that a higher level of wealth inequality is a standard of the American economy since it was higher than the level of income inequality in all three eras. As for the specific amount of the yearly average wealth controlled by each fractile, using the information from Fig 6, we can see that the top one-hundredth percent fractile was in possession of 72.37% of the yearly average wealth from the years 1967-1970. The next nine-hundredth percent fractile controlled 16.06% of the yearly average wealth from the years 1967-1970. The four-tenth percent fractile after them had 5.95% of the yearly average wealth from
As outlined in chapter 10 of the course text, inequality in housing and wealth is a major problem. The United States is described to be the most unequal countries in the western hemisphere. But with the inequalities when it comes to wealth, the United States is one of the richest countries in the world. Wealth is the sum total of a person’s assets. These assets include, cash in the bank and value of all properties, not only land but houses, cars, stocks, and bonds, and retirements savings. Wealth is one of the factors why residential segregation is an increasing problem.
Inequality is by no means a new concept within America; from slavery, discrimination, and prejudice, the United States has been quite a playing ground for social inequality. Although slavery was officially abolished in December 1865(“America”), its influence on the U.S. continues to ring through society. Specifically in the case of racial wealth disparity, White Americans continue to hold benefits and privileges that are not given to African Americans. This has left an uneven distribution of wealth between the two. This racial wealth disparity between White Americans and African Americans is reflected through the median of accumulated household wealth and a lack of opportunities for African Americans in the job
Wealth inequality in America is nothing new. It has been growing more and more over the decades. The rich are becoming richer and the poor are becoming poorer. Imagine, people are having to get up at six o’clock every morning and drive back and forth across town to work at three jobs they hate. People have to work multiple jobs because most places only hire part time and pay minimum wage. Even after working sixteen hour days people are still barely able to pay bills and can only eat sparingly to get by. The wealthy are getting wealthier because the government is creating laws that allow them pocket more money. As the wealth inequality increases it puts more burden on the middle class. The wealth inequality is growing in America and it keeps
America prides itself on being one of the most effective democratically governed counties. The idea of the American dream is that all people have equivalent political freedoms and a responsive government. However the effectiveness of social equality is being threatened by increasing inequality in the United States. Economic inequality in the US has expanded drastically. The wealth gap has had drastic changes over the past 35 years. What’s more, specifically, the rich have gotten a lot richer. Almost everybody who talk about it says that economic inequality must be reduced.
Nowadays, there is a huge gap of income and wealth inequality in the U.S. and that means the richer people are super rich while bottom people are struggling for basic living standard. There are some direct and explicit statistics from Inequality for All graphic package from which we can tell the phenomenon. In 2010, the typical 1% people earn 33 times of typical male workers but in 1978 the ratio is tenth comparing the male workers with the “1%” people. Also, it says “Today, the top 400 richest people have more wealth than the bottom 150 million Americans put together” (Inequality for All). This shows considerable wealth of the U.S. is controlled in the minority people, which is totally unlike the period of 1950s through 1980s. Why has inequality been widening? As we see the diagram from the graphic package, GDP was spectacularly booming from late 1980s. However, the growth of wages and productivity was almost stagnated ever since 1970s. At that times, economic globalization was taken place deeply and manufacture was moved from developed countries like America to developing countries like South Korea and Japan while financial capital field was tended to be more powerful.
In the essay “Richer and Poorer Accounting for inequality.” by Jill Lepore published at The New Yorker on March 16 ,2015 she discusses about the economic inequalities we as young Americans are facing today. The author mentions all the statistical studies recorded by reliable sources during different time periods, stories of young lives that have been affected by the economic inequality. The solutions to these type of problems cannot be passed if individuals select Representatives in congress that veto bills, that would benefit the United States. Ms. Lepore uses Logos, Pathos, Ethos, and Kairos to deliver her message to the audience and change their assumptions and inform them.
An Analysis of the Household Incomes Changes between 1947 to 1979 and 1979 to 2009 Income inequality has been an issue that the United States of America has been struggling with since time immemorial. The distribution of wealth in the country has been not even. The country has experienced a lot
Capitalism is a hegemonic global economic and social order that increasingly displays a fatal contradiction between reality and reason, where it threatens not only human welfare but also the continuation of most sensitive forms of life on the planet. Three critical crises make up the contemporary world condition originating from
Economic crisis and the growing gap between the wealthy and the remaining “99%” is a massive controversial topic in today’s world. The divide between the wealthy and the poor only continues to grow. Instead of being redistributed, money is passed along families, staying for generations. This leads to divide even within the wealthy, between the new and old money. Though both have wealth, old money is often seen as more respectable and comes from inheritance, while new money is often earned or stolen. This theme appears in The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald. Both the fact that Gatsby earned his money, and the fact he is considered new money play a big role in how he is perceived and how he acts in the book. Daisy on the other hand was born into her money, which impacts how she leads her life and her relationship with Gatsby. Over
Income inequality has grown significantly during this past decades and this phenomenon continues to increase over the years. This problem is constantly discussed in the daily news all around the world. Several consequences of this increase of inequality between people leads to economic problems such as high unemployment rates, lack of work for young people, fall of demand for certain product. The gap between rich and poor is increasing, the rich are richer and the poor are poorer as a result politicians and economists try to adopt certain policies in order to reduce this gap. The United States exhibits a wide difference of wealth distribution between rich and poor people, which is larger than any other major developed country.
All over the world, there is an obvious contrast between the living standards and lifestyle of the rich and the poor. Moreover, there is a large gap between the populations of poor and wealthy. This is known as the Wealth Gap, and it is caused by Wealth Inequality. Wealth Income/Inequality is defined as “The unequal distribution of assets within a population.” Wealth is defined as more than just the amount of income a person has, but instead the value of a person’s assets. And assets being the stuff that you own: your car, your house and your cash money is also an asset. It is the job of the government, leaders and citizens to ensure that the wealth and income is distributed equally among the population. However, when this fails due to corruption, discrimination among other causes the country is unable to move forward economically, further leading to poverty and civil unrest and other consequences.