The last three decades have seen the emergence of Gilded Age levels of inequality. The 2008 financial crisis, the Arab Spring and the Occupy Wall Street movements all sparked renewed focus on this widening of income inequality, amid fears that the ‘one percent’ could eventually hold more wealth than 99 percent of the population combined.
The inaugural 2015 UBC Lind Initiative, hosted by the Liu Institute for Global Issues, examines the far-reaching effects of inequality – not only when it comes to income and wealth, but gender, race, marriage, globalization, and the environment. The Initiative includes a speaker series and an upper-level university seminar featuring economists Joseph Stiglitz and Jeffrey Sachs, journalists Andrew Sullivan and Jill Abramson, author Teju Cole, and Green Party leader Elizabeth May.
In partnership with the Lind Initiative, OpenCanada.org is turning its attention to matters of inequality with articles, essays, analyses and interviews with key experts, writers and scholars who explore the issue in its myriad forms. Through contributions from economist Dambisa Moyo, Aboriginal journalist Angela Sterritt, Harvard visiting professor Miles Corak, and Nick Malkoutzis of Athens’ Kathimerini English, among others, readers can gain a better understanding of a crisis at the forefront of today’s politics in Canada and around the world.
The Politics of Inequality series is a partnership between OpenCanada and the Lind Initiative at the Liu Institute for Global Issues at the University of British Columbia.
In the series
How did inequality within indigenous communities — the most serious, current consequence being the thousands of missing and murdered Indigenous women — creep from out of mind to front of news coverage? It involved much determination, passion, and love. Journalist Angela Sterritt brings to life six stories from a movement finally resonating in Canada.
Tackling inequality and poverty aren’t mutually exclusive; rather, efforts devoted to fighting the former contribute to solving the latter.
The Green Party leader has been working on the climate change agenda since 1986, but she’s still hopeful.
The region has a ways to go for same-sex equality but specific cases show how coalitions, institutions and the strategic framing of demands can help create policy change.
Was one high-profile advocacy video the undoing of Invisible Children, or was it the final straw for an NGO whose work was built on misplaced intentions? Andrew Green visits northern Uganda to find out.
In Bangladesh, home to the world’s worst record on child marriage, women’s rights are slowly making gains.
With real problems plaguing lower income Canadians, why has this election campaign focused so much on the middle class?
Advice for women of colour to ‘lean in’ falls flat when being strong and black is still viewed as a threat.
Nobel Prize-winning economist Joseph Stiglitz discusses the issue of inequality with the head of the Sauder School of Business at the University of British Columbia.