The Divide

A Brief Guide to Global Inequality and its Solutions

Paperback, 347 pages

English language

Published May 17, 2018 by Windmill Books.


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· The richest eight people control more wealth than the poorest half of the world combined.

· Today, 60 per cent of the world’s population lives on less than $5 a day.

· Though global real GDP has nearly tripled since 1980, 1.1 billion more people are now living in poverty.

For decades we have been told a story: that development is working, that poverty is a natural phenomenon and will be eradicated through aid by 2030. But just because it is a comforting tale doesn’t make it true. Poor countries are poor because they are integrated into the global economic system on unequal terms, and aid only helps to hide this.

Drawing on pioneering research and years of first-hand experience, The Divide tracks the evolution of global inequality – from the expeditions of Christopher Columbus to the present day – offering revelatory answers to some of humanity’s greatest problems. …

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A brief guide to global inequality

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The mainstream narrative, pushed by personalities like Bill Gates and Steven Pinker, tells us that the world is getting better: poverty, disease, hunger are declining, and despite some inevitable setbacks, the trend toward progress is clear. There's only a problem with this story: it isn't true. In The Divide Jason Hickel illustrates the causes of global inequality, from colonialism to military coups, to debt and the present economic system, and shows why the narrative about progress and development is just a delusion. The divide between rich and poor countries is increasing, but it doesn't have to be this way. Poor countries are not poor because of some law of nature, but as a consequence of human intervention. Changing the current economic system to build a more fair and just world depends on us.

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