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This Changes Everything by Sarah van Gelder

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CHAPTER 9HOW INEQUALITY POISONS SOCIETY AND EQUITY BENEFITS EVERYONE:AN INTERVIEW WITH RICHARD WILKINSON

BROOKE JARVIS

“We are the 99%.” It’s been perhaps the strongest rallying cry of the Occupy Wall Street movement—and for good reason. Millions are struggling for food, housing, and health care, while the incomes of the richest reach new heights.

But Occupy Wall Street has become a movement not only for the 99%, but also for people who recognize the failures of our current economic system despite having reaped huge benefits from it. “Our system needs fundamental change,” writes one self-identified 1%-er in solidarity with Occupy Wall Street. “If it’s not working for everyone, it’s not working.” She’s right, in fact. British epidemiologist Richard ...

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