KatrinaNation knocked me sideways with this particular tweet just now:
In 2010,World Wealth Report estimated 103,000 people of 7 bn. on planet controlled 36.1 percent of world’s wealth.Taxing richest off table!?
I am, for a change, quite speechless – or, perhaps, that should be wordless.
Meanwhile, just take a look at how some of the almost 7 billion others are judged by the unintentionally patronising eye of Western journalism to be engaged in a victory of poverty over Indian injustice. The story of micro-entrepreneurs – as couched in this piece – does kind of allow us to turn a blind eye to the 36.1 percent concentrated in the hands of the richest among us, who themselves barely deserve the description afforded the slum-dwellers. For yes, the latter are entrepreneurs – absolutely true. But they are driven not by reasonable necessity – that necessity which leads admirably to invention – so much as a disgraceful imbalance of resources between those at the top of the pyramid and those at the bottom.
They are not imaginatively creative but desperately imaginative. And it is by our acts that we have put them where they are.
Let us never lose sight of this – even as we like to brush aside the intellectual incoherence which resides in believing that out of our systemic lack of equality the rest of the world will somehow find its salvation.