the world’s wealth

I started reading a book written by Columbia University professor Jeffrey Sachs titled “The End of Poverty.” Hopefully in the next few weeks as I read I’ll be able to update here with what I’m learning. I’m trying to understand why 2% of the world’s population own half of the world’s assests, and how it got this way.

By the way, you and I are included in that 2%. According to this article, it only takes $2,200 worth of assets to be in the top 2%.

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11 responses to “the world’s wealth

  1. Let me know when you come up with a solution!

  2. North Korea has one of the worst economies in the world with unbelievable poverty issues…people living on $20 a day there.

    But they are under the control of an evil dictator so it would take about $400 billion a year in military spending to fix that. Not worth it. 🙂

  3. Edit that above…people in North Korea are living on $20 a MONTH.

  4. One obvious solution would be for everyone who has stuff (read “us”) to share with everyone who doesn’t (read “everyone else”). But that’s too easy…

  5. Edit that above… that’s too hard… so we probably shouldn’t think about it…

  6. Bring back the jubilee year. That should at least get the ball rolling. I can’t say it would roll in the “right” way, since “right” is a relative term.

  7. Wouldn’t the jubilee year legislate morality? I thought we weren’t allowed to do that…

  8. Rob Bell’s podcast “Calling All Peacemakers pt 2” is really good…kinda about this stuff…

  9. Yesterday at my employee Christmas party, I left early while most of the people were still eating, but made this announcement to everyone: “Make sure you take some time to find someone hungry during your time off and feed them. Maybe have a conversation with them and let them know that they are important. We have to take care of eachother.”
    You should have seen the looks I got. Pure bewilderment on the part of some….. Let me remind all of you that I teach at a small school that is ENTIRELY for Special Ed kids who have an Emotional Disturbance. Our job is built solely on the idea that students are not just test scores, but people with pasts who need to be healed.
    It seemed that unless someone was paying them for their care, they would do no “taking care of eachother” on their own time.
    This world is in bad shape.

  10. Hard to imagine in a field such as education, let alone working with kids that have special needs, so many of your coworkers would stare at you with blank faces after making such a comment. You could have ended it with “We have to take care of eachother, so invite your nearest homeless person to the next New Edition concert.” and possibly gotten a better response. Oh well, there’s always next year.

    P.S. I heard the concert was pretty dope. Hope you enjoyed your time.

  11. Dude, you don’t even know about the New Edition concert. Bobby Brown almost took his pants off on stage. I think I might be pregnant.

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