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By William Watson

US President Barack Obama has referred to as financial inequality the “defining factor of our time.” It has encouraged the “Occupy” pursuits, made a French economist right into a worldwide famous person, and given us a brand new expression – the “one percent.” yet is our preoccupation with inequality relatively justified? Or wise?

In his new booklet, William Watson argues that targeting inequality is either an mistakes and a seize. it's an errors simply because a lot inequality is “good,” the gift for thrift, undefined, and invention. it's a capture since it leads us to fixate at the most sensible finish of the source of revenue distribution, instead of on these on the backside who need assistance such a lot. actually, if we reply to becoming inequality via scuffling with capitalism instead of poverty, we can result either poorer and not more equal.

Explaining the complexities of recent economics in a transparent, available variety, The Inequality Trap is the must-read rejoinder to the concept battling inequality may be our most sensible coverage priority.

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The investment firm he founded after graduating in 1960 pioneered computerized trading techniques that eventually evolved into the NASDAQ stock exchange. He was head of his own charity, the Madoff Family Foundation, and gave generously to other charities, albeit, as it turned out, often with stolen money. Remarkably, in retrospect, he was for many years active in the self-regulation of the securities industry, sitting on the board of the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association and for a time chairing its Trading Committee.

The result of fraud). Let it be said immediately that JPMorgan Chase has not been accused of fraud and that its income and therefore Dimon’s have been legally earned. True, the company has had to pay large fines or settlements associated with highprofile transgressions of securities law, including for having served as Bernie Madoff’s banker. But Dimon himself has been neither charged with nor found guilty of anything. Still, the scepticism of millions of Americans and others throughout the world about the workings of modern finance is such that many will wonder whether Dimon’s income has been earned the old-fashioned way, by providing services people esteem and are willing to pay fair value for, or rather by gaining access, perfectly legally, to a share of a large firm’s profits.

By contrast, misery and ruined lives are more likely to be found at the bottom of the income distribution: How do we make sure people born or stuck in poverty both have their situation ameliorated and get a reasonable chance of lifting themselves upward? Policies that can do both, if they can be found, may command widespread support in society, especially if they do not require punitive taxation or strict regulation of top incomes. And in most countries the news is not bad: inequality may be rising but poverty generally is not.

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