Claims That Capitalism Is Eradicating Global Poverty Are Wildly Misleading

Posted on AllSides September 23rd, 2022
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Fans of our current global economic order often justify it by claims of great progress in lifting people out of extreme poverty. Rarely do they cite statistics on inequality, such as comparing the slice of the “world pie” that goes to the rich versus that which goes to the poor. Little wonder as that picture is much grimmer, undermining their much-touted triumphant “progress.” Here are 2021’s global pie slices, according to World Inequality Lab data.

The top-skew is so severe that half the pie gets gobbled up by the top...

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