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Oct 26 2017
You can find on this page a variety of quotes, by one or many people, on what they said about Inequality. 282 people are quoted and you can read 403 citations of them about Inequality. Jeremy Corbyn, Bernie Sanders and Catherine Bracy, are those who have spoken the most about this topic. Jeremy Corbyn said: “Wide participation in policy making leads to more support for the policies we get, leads us to that movement that will bring about the end of this government but – beyond that – the end of the system of inequality and injustice in our society. I acknowledge that the Tories have a woman leader but their policies have actually hurt women a lot. The unbelievable and disgusting and disgraceful levels of abuse that women receive in public life is unacceptable – from anybody, to anybody – it has got to stop. All women who represent our party deserve our unqualified support.”.
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Chuck Schumer

Our economy suffers from massive inequality – which is growing – a concentration of wealth at the very apex of our country's elite. The rich are doing well in America. God bless them, I'm glad they are. And American corporations are recording record high profits – just look at the stock market, which reflects that. God bless them too, we hope they do well. But middle class incomes have not risen with the rise in corporate profits or record levels of wealth concentrated among the wealthiest families.feedback

Jed York

We need to be above it. We need to be above petty attacks from anybody because racial and socio-economic inequality has existed in this country for too long. We need to get the focus on that and we need to make sure that we make progress there …. You've got to block out the noise and you have to go do your job. And that's what we need to focus on. Are people going to slip? Is somebody going to say something or tweet something? Probably. But we can't let that detract from the overall goal of progressing these issues and making sure that we are a unified front with the players.feedback

Mary Bassett - Department of Health

We both agreed wholeheartedly that inequality was driving poor health outcomes, disproportionally affecting communities of color. I knew he wanted someone with a vision, and he wanted bold steps to move his progressive agenda.feedback

Mary Bassett - Department of Health

My tenure as commissioner has been dominated by microbes. In each challenge, whether it was Ebola, Legionnaires' disease, or Zika, the mayor has shown unwavering support to public health.feedback

James R. Tallon Jr. - United Hospital Fund

It was a clearly a key part of his campaign and it played a major role in separating him from the other candidates.feedback

Chris Long

At the end of the day at this point, I think it's important for the league to continue to try to investigate how they can provide a better vehicle for players to promote the things they're trying to accomplish in the community as they relate to injustice, inequality and things they want to get done legislatively in their communities.feedback

Kara Kay

I think it's awesome. I think taking a stand against inequality is a good idea. I think if it thought it would make a difference, I would do it, too. I just hope people are going to listen.feedback

Ganesh Sitaraman

Ganesh Sitaraman looks at what two recent books – Classical Greek Oligarchy by Matthew Simonton and Oligarchy by Jeffrey Winters – can teach us about defending democracy from oligarchs. A few years ago, as I was doing research for a book on how economic inequality threatens democracy, a colleague of mine asked if America was really at risk of becoming an oligarchy. Our political system, he said, is a democracy. If the people don’t want to be run by wealthy elites, we can just vote them out.feedback

Rishard Matthews

Moving forward, I don't want this to be a publicity stunt. I don't want to take away from what the whole protest is about, which is oppression, police brutality and inequality in this country. I fully stand with my brother Kap, and I plan to continue to do that.feedback

Rishard Matthews

I don't want to take away from what the whole protest is about, which is oppression, police brutality and inequality in this country. I fully stand with my brother Kap, and I plan to continue to do that. I'm tired of hearing, Stick to sports.' It comes down to right and wrong in this world. If you see wrong and don't say anything, that's wrong. As minorities, what do you want to happen before we say anything? They tried to have a silent protest, and look what happened. It's your right to stand or sit down. You have that right, that freedom of speech, and you're not allowing that to happen.feedback

Christine Lagarde - International Monetary Fund

Far too many people across all types of economies are seeing their aspirations limited by the impact of technologies and the repercussions of excessive income inequality. The most efficient way to reduce the inequalities would be to actually close the gender gap between men and women. And that is a no-brainer. Whether it is access to the labour market, whether it is access to finance, whether it's the gender gap in terms of compensation, that would achieve a lot in order to reduce inequalities. And that applies across the world.feedback

Vitor Gaspar

The average top income tax rate for OECD member countries fell from 62 percent in 1981 to 35 percent in 2015. In addition, tax systems are less progressive than indicated by the statutory rates, because wealthy individuals have more access to tax relief. Importantly, we find that some advanced economies can increase progressivity without hampering growth, as long as progressivity is not excessive.feedback

Scott Morrison

The latest census showed on the global measure of inequality, which is the Gini coefficient, that is the accepted global measure of income inequality around the world and that figure shows it hasn't got worse, it has actually got better.feedback

Vitor Gaspar

Most people around the world live in countries where inequality has increased.feedback

Derek Alderson

Surgery is a specialty that continues to struggle with unconscious bias among patients and health professionals, and gender inequality persists. This study helps to combat these lingering biases by confirming the safety,skill, and expertise of women surgeons relative to their male colleagues. However with so many critical factors to consider, trying to find out why there is a very small difference in short term clinical outcomes between male and female surgeons is unlikely to prove worthwhile.feedback

Vitor Gaspar
Mercedes Garcia-Escribano

Despite progress, gaps in access to quality education and healthcare services between different income groups in the population remain in many countries.feedback

Maurice Obstfeld - International Monetary Fund

Increasingly, we're aware that tax systems have to be cognizant of how they affect inequality. And there's a need in a number of countries to be especially attuned to the needs of the middle class and those with incomes below the median.feedback

Joseph Stiglitz

Those kinds of regressive taxes lead to the creation over time of increasingly more disparate wealth and income inequality. So rather than reducing that kind of regressivity, his proposals, as far as one can say, are going to make things worse.feedback

David Isaac

The findings of the race audit do not come as a shock to us. The Prime Minister should be applauded for laying out this information for all to see and we now need to use to the data to set the foundations for real change. Only by taking focused action to tackle race inequality can Britain become a fair country in which individuals can reach their potential and our communities can live and work together to create a strong economy and a cohesive society.feedback

Simon Woolley

The findings from the Race Disparity Audit presents us with a real opportunity to make transformative change in tackling persistent race inequality. Yes, some findings make uncomfortable reading, but unless these things are laid bare we can't begin to resolve them. Over many years the Prime Minister has shown a real desire to grapple with the scourge of racism including confronting high levels of BAME Stop and Search, BAME deaths in police custody and now this.feedback

Chris Foerster - Miami Dolphins

I am resigning from my position with the Miami Dolphins and accept full responsibility for my actions. I want to apologize to the organization, and my sole focus is on getting the help that I need, with the support of my family and medical professionals. What do you think, I'm crazy? Ah, no, babe. But I think about you when I do it. I think about how much I miss you, how high we got together, how much fun it was. So much fun.feedback

Kimberly McIntosh

BME communities, especially women, are hardest hit by austerity. The Race Disparity Audit’s new website shines a light on these stark injustices. When my gran moved to Reading in 1960, finding a room to rent wasn’t easy. The worst quality rooms at sky-high prices were available for black people then; the signs in the windows infamously scrawled “No blacks, no Irish, no dogs”.feedback

Christine Lagarde - International Monetary Fund

The recovery is not complete. Some countries are growing too slowly, and last year 47 countries experienced negative GDP growth per capita.feedback

Warren Buffett - Berkshire Hathaway

I don't think I need a tax cut. Capitalism is all about intelligent allocation of resources.feedback

Warren Buffett - Berkshire Hathaway

If you go to 1982, when Forbes put on their first 400 list, those people had [a total of] $93 billion. They now have $2.4 trillion, [a multiple of] 25 for one. This has been a prosperity that's been disproportionately rewarding to the people on top.feedback

Warren Buffett - Berkshire Hathaway

But if they blow it all, that means that they've done some dumb things with some important resources. That's not good for capitalism I don't think it's good for the children. I sure don't think it's good for a society where there's a ton of inequality to start with. I think that's a terrible mistake. The real problem, in my view, is – this has been – the prosperity has been unbelievable for the extremely rich people.feedback

Warren Buffett - Berkshire Hathaway

I would be happy with, you know – certainly with $100,000 a year, I could be very happy.feedback

Warren Buffett - Berkshire Hathaway

If they pass the bill they're talking about, I could leave $75 billion to a bunch of children and grandchildren and great-grandchildren. And if I left it to 35 of them, they would each have a couple billion dollars. Is that a great way to allocate resources in the United States?feedback

Darren Walker

Creating mechanisms that allow indigenous peoples and local communities to gain tenure over their land or forests is a key way to tackle climate change and inequality.feedback

Afua Hirsch

So many reports have said the same thing about addressing racism and unfairness in Britain – and far too little has changed. I’ve learned a lot about the history of racism in Britain lately. The question I keep asking – reading Charles Dickens’ jokes about “niggers”, Winston Churchill’s views of the British as “a higher-grade race”, or the widespread experience of being beaten to a pulp by the police in the 1970s – is when was the moment that Britain changed?feedback

Muhammad Yunus

We are calling [inequality] a problem of wealth distribution, but there is no distribution–there is only concentration.feedback

Bernie Sanders

This budget is the Robin Hood principle in reverse. At a time of massive income and wealth inequality, the Republican budget takes from the middle class and those in need, and gives huge tax breaks to the wealthiest people in this country.feedback

Rishard Matthews

I plan to kneel until the president apologizes for the comments that he made, because I felt like those were very disrespectful comments that he made. The league is made up of, I think, ... over 70 percent African-Americans, so the people that would be kneeling for this cause would be African-Americans. Moving forward, I don't want this to be a publicity stunt. I don't want to take away from what the whole protest is about, which is oppression, police brutality and inequality in this country. I fully stand with my brother [Colin Kaepernick], and I plan to continue to do that.feedback

Michael Sapin

These tax measures will have a brutal and sudden effect on aggravating inequality we had managed to decrease.feedback

Bryan Stevenson

In this collaboration between Andra Day, EJI, and Google, we use music to express a painful and difficult truth about our nation's history of racial inequality. Inspired music has the power to expose and confront injustice differently than research, data and words alone.feedback

Steve Kerr

How about the irony of, Free speech is fine if you're a neo-Nazi chanting hate slogans, but free speech is not allowed to kneel in protest? No matter how many times a football player says, I honor our military, but I'm protesting police brutality and racial inequality,' it doesn't matter. Nationalists are saying, You're disrespecting our flag.' Well, you know what else is disrespectful to our flag? Racism. And one's way worse than the other.feedback

Joe Lockhart

There will be no discipline handed down this week for anyone who was not there. The real effort here is to make progress in the community on issues of inequality, and to not get distracted by political attacks or things that don't help us make progress.feedback

Bruce Maxwell

This now has gone from just a BlackLives Matter topic to just complete inequality of any man or woman that wants to stand for Their rights!feedback

Jeremy Corbyn

Wide participation in policy making leads to more support for the policies we get, leads us to that movement that will bring about the end of this government but – beyond that – the end of the system of inequality and injustice in our society. I acknowledge that the Tories have a woman leader but their policies have actually hurt women a lot. The unbelievable and disgusting and disgraceful levels of abuse that women receive in public life is unacceptable – from anybody, to anybody – it has got to stop. All women who represent our party deserve our unqualified support.feedback

Astro Teller

While Silicon Valley has a bro culture – I'm not saying it does not – Silicon Valley did not invent the machismo work culture. It's everywhere. I think what's interesting is that Silicon Valley and some companies like Alphabet are held to a higher standard. We're working incredibly hard to live up on a whole bunch of fronts. I think Alphabet is doing pretty well. I hope that Silicon Valley can end up being a good example of how to fix this problem.feedback

Astro Teller

If you are building a moonshot factory, the first thing you would be obsessed with is getting diverse perspectives in the building. That's not code just for gender or color of skin, but I want you to think different from me. If you think the same as me, how are we going to find creative new solutions?feedback

Hamdi Ulukaya

The issue isn't whether we can solve poverty or climate change or income inequality. It's whether or not we can work together. The willingness to just get together and talk – that's why we're here.feedback

António Guterres - United Nations

Our world is in trouble. People are hurting and angry and they see insecurity rising, inequality growing, conflict spreading and climate changing. The global economy is increasingly integrated but our sense of global community may be disintegrated. Societies are fragmented, political discourse is polarized and trust within and amongst countries is being driven down by those who demonize and divide.feedback

Vince Cable - Stansted Airport

We have to be in favour of the taxation of wealth. Otherwise, fighting inequality doesn't mean a great deal.feedback

Ava DuVernay

To every woman who gave birth to every taxpayer and citizen of this nation, we have fought for everybody else's equal rights. It's our time to have wage equality once and for all, and equal rights for women in the United States of America. Guess which women are the most negatively [a]ffected in wage inequality? Women of color. #Equalpay for ALL women. Women stand together in this.feedback

Pramila Jayapal

John, it sounds like you are in a lot of economic pain and that is true across the country, and there is no question we as a country need to deal with economic inequality and make sure we have good paying jobs for everyone. I am committed to that and I'll tell you that right here looking into … I can't see your face, but looking into your eyes, I'll tell you to blame immigrants is completely wrong and here's why.feedback

Guntram Wolff - Bruegel

These banking issues have direct implications for wealth inequality and job creation. Here the record is more mixed.feedback

Bruce J. Dickson

There is wide recognition that inequality is rising, and improving living standards in rural areas is one way to show the Chinese Communist Party is trying to narrow the gap.feedback

Eric Phillips

He made a gamble that people care more about him addressing income inequality, or the affordability crisis, than they do about him hanging out at fancy events. And we'll see who won that gamble.feedback

Dann Mitchell

It is likely that rainfall events, in general, will become more extreme, as will heat waves and droughts. So events like Irma and Harvey also help us understand if we are prepared for them and who will be most affected. Increasingly, the evidence is clear that the poorest, being the most exposed to many climate risks and often being the least protected, will be most affected. Addressing this inequality is at the heart of not just the climate change discussion but all discussions about how we become resilient to risk and hazards.feedback

Emily Katz Anhalt

In many parts of the world today, slavery and ethnic inequality persist and women still lack equal rights and cannot vote.feedback

Jamelle Bouie - Slate

A federal job guarantee is both universal–it benefits all Americans–and specifically ameliorative to entrenched racial inequality.feedback

David Broockman

You would think that people with enough money to influence the political system would obviously use that influence to increase social and economic inequality in ways that benefit them. What's surprising to us, is that you could find this group that says, Actually, our taxes should go up and more money should go to things like universal health care, or that we should do more to protect the environment' – but at the same time believes that regulations and labor unions are a problem.feedback

Nicola Sturgeon

So the time is right, in my view, to open a discussion about how responsible and progressive use of our tax powers could help build the kind of country we want to be – one with the highest-quality public services, well-rewarded public servants, good support for business, a strong social contract and effective policies to tackle poverty and inequality.feedback

Samia Ghali

You live in a tower, with drug dealers downstairs, with no public transport; the sea is far away, and so are pools and good schools.feedback

Alex Scott

My dream as a little girl playing in that football cage in the East End of London was to one day pull on the Three Lions shirt and represent my country. I am so proud and humbled that I managed to do just that.feedback

Lindsay Paterson

But the major worry perhaps is even deeper than that, which is that it will widen inequality. The old academic knowledge - the best that has been thought and said by human beings - will still be given to the children of the well-educated middle class by their parents. But the other children - who can't get it from their parents - are completely dependent on schools for it. And if they're not getting the best that has been thought and said from schools, they will get it from nowhere, and that will make inequality of learning and of culture wider than it has ever been.feedback

Christopher Kohl

I would rather have stability. It's stressful to find a new job every 12 to 18 months.feedback

Larry Summers

Think about the contrast between George Eastman, who pioneered fundamental innovations in photography, and Steve Jobs.feedback

Phil Harnden

There were times I wasn't happy with the place. But it was a great company to work for and gave me a good living for a long time.feedback

Robert McChesney

The immense amount of economic and political power these companies have will be increasingly difficult to sell at a time of economic stagnation and increased inequality. As we see AI and robots replace jobs, enthusiasm for the new world will lessen.feedback

Chris Boardman

There is inequality on the propensity to cause harm, and that's what's been lost in the past week when there has been a proper lynch mob in the press, focused on a story taken out of all proportion, like a killer shark.feedback

Dirk Jenter

We're punishing the companies that employ a lot of people. It in essence says you have a choice between employing low-paid employees in your companies – janitors, cleaners, drivers – or outsourcing the services to other companies or machines.feedback

Ben Willmott

This is obviously a more voluntary nudge approach to improve corporate governance, but I think there is no magic bullet. Regulation can only take you so far because a lot of these issues are around organizational culture and leadership.feedback

Sylvia Nissen

When we probe deeper we realise all is not well with students who have debt. Debt is potentially increasing inequality in a generation.feedback

Jennifer Sims - Army

It's going to create this situation where there is a complete inequality in how transgender troops are treated.feedback

Madeline Janis - Jobs to Move America

These huge public investments are an opportunity to create new pathways for people to gain skills and have jobs that aren't minimum wage, that don't require skills and don't have a future. Eliminate local hiring programs and you cut off this huge potential method of dealing with the crisis we're facing of low-wage jobs and inequality.feedback

Tim Roache

These figures mask the reality of a grotesque pay gap between the rich and the rest that has grown unchecked for years. It's in everyone's interest to tackle this inequality. The money earned by ordinary workers is not spent on luxury yachts or hoarded away in tax havens – it is spent in the high street and in the communities in which they live and work.feedback

Toby Walsh

Nearly every technology can be used for good and bad, and artificial intelligence is no different. It can help tackle many of the pressing problems facing society today: inequality and poverty, the challenges posed by climate change and the ongoing global financial crisis. However, the same technology can also be used in autonomous weapons to industrialise war. We need to make decisions today choosing which of these futures we want.feedback

Dan Wilson Craw - Generation Rent

It really reinforces the picture of today's economy where so many people, particularly in young generations, are unable to buy their own home and are finding it really hard to save up in the first place. The fact there are increasing numbers of people are buying second homes just adds up to even greater inequality in wealth.feedback

Joan C. Williams

We must realize that we forgot an important sector of social disadvantage, which is social class. But it is not convincing to say we should go beyond identity politics. That is like telling women and blacks, O.K., you had your 40 years of attention, and now we have to move on.feedback

Sylvia Schmelkes

Where people live in the poorest conditions, the education always arrives last and is the poorest in every aspect – funding, materials, preparation of teachers – which means inequality is perpetuated. There's no denying we have a quality problem and an inequality problem. Both are very serious.feedback

Jared Bernstein

The increase in inequality is not the benign result of an evolving economy. It's a function of dis-equalizing policy choices.feedback

Neena Modi

Health in infancy and childhood sets the scene for lifelong health, so we view with dismay data from the Department of Health showing that inequality in infant mortality has widened. In the UK – one of the richest countries in the world – the gap between rich and poor is growing and the problem starts in infancy.feedback

Norman Lamb

Any widening in health inequalities can only be considered a failure of policy and we are committed to developing an approach to reduce wholly unacceptable health inequalities. The government must now develop a clear national strategy to reduce health inequalities as a matter of urgency.feedback

Neena Modi

These new data provide further evidence that current policies are not merely failing to tackle health, but are making matters worse. Incremental improvement in population health and wellbeing requires clear, sustained focus and determination. Yet perverse fragmentation of healthcare, growing diversion of funds into for-profit providers, and seemingly deliberate alienation of the health workforce, have been plain to see in recent months. There has been a failure to tackle the scandal of junk food, curb air pollution, and deliver preventive healthcare.feedback

David Buck

These are shocking figures. It's shocking that we live in a developed country where inequalities in health are so wide and are getting worse. For the poorest in the country this is a double whammy of early death and poorer health while still alive. They are going to die younger and are facing 20 more years of life spent in poor health relative to the richest. This should be a wake-up call to ministers.feedback

William Dudley - Federal Reserve Bank of New York

The forces of technological change and globalization have contributed to wage inequality by pushing up wages for those toward the top, and stifling wage growth for workers toward the middle and bottom of the wage distribution.feedback

Laura Moser

When the Democrats unveiled their 'Better Deal' last week, they focused on economic policies related to job creation, wages, and income inequality. That's all well and good, but they left abortion rights off the table, and what is abortion if not an economic issue?feedback

Adam Corlett - Resolution Foundation

Today's stats show again that the economy has delivered very different results for retired and working households over the last decade. This is great news for pensioner living standards but has been accompanied by a rise in inequality between retired households as some have benefited more than others.feedback

Jeremy Corbyn

But we also have to recognise that there have been effective and serious attempts at reducing poverty in Venezuela, improving literacy and improving the lives of many of the poorest people. I gave the support of many people around the world for the principle of a government that was dedicated towards reducing inequality and improving the life chances of the poorest people. What's happened is the oil price has fallen obviously and the economy was overdependent on oil. And I make it very clear I think there should've been greater diversity at a time when there was a very high oil price.feedback

Simon Fishel

What is the point of having Nice guidelines if they are not adhered to? If the country decides it will not fund IVF then fine, that is a decision that affects everyone ... but what I cannot abide is the local variation for something like this, which doesn't reflect local populations. You have to treat citizens equally and this is a deliberate inequality and obfuscation and allows some areas to say they are offering IVF but when it comes down to the detail, only a tiny fraction of those who need it have access to it.feedback

Deborah Gillis

Given that 95 percent of leadership positions at some of the largest companies are occupied by men, they need to be champions of gender inequality and be equipped with tools to play that part.feedback

Sam Altman

I think if we don't solve the housing crisis, we will continue to perpetuate the greatest economic inequality that I have certainly ever seen.feedback

Robert Howse

I'm both saddened and furious that the Senate Dems have jumped on the protectionist bandwagon so fully, with all the rhetorical flourish. As a matter of policy, none of these measures, on any plausible economic theory, would result in improving the circumstances of U.S. workers, addressing inequality, or the socioeconomic challenges specific to the U.S. heartland.feedback

Tobias Harris

Having served under Abe, Kishida will be hard pressed to abandon Abe's legacy entirely. He has articulated a mild critique of Abenomics focused on inequality issues, but this would lead to a kinder, friendlier Abenomics rather than a decisive break with Abenomics.feedback

James Tabery

For the longest time, if anybody was introducing talk of genetics and intelligence with policy implications, they were doing it in the name of inequality, and these authors are trying to use it towards equality. They are really going out of their way not to fall into the traps of the really reprehensible stuff.feedback

Michael Shapiro

We are talking about historic levels of income inequality going back to the Gilded Age. It undermines confidence in the economic system.feedback

Sally Auld

The Governor did a pretty good job of suggesting a "low for long" outlook for the RBA cash rate without explicitly committing to such a path.feedback

Sally Auld

Rates clearly aren't rising until the RBA is confident that wages growth and inflation are lifting.feedback

Philip Lowe

Wealth inequality has become more pronounced particularly in the last five or six years because there's been big gains in asset prices. So the people who own assets, which are usually wealthy people, have seen their wealth go up.feedback

Philip Lowe

The main one is through wages, and if people feel like their wages aren't growing anymore, they don't want to spend when they get paid.feedback

Philip Lowe

If wealth and income equality is more dispersed, then it might be harder to get policies that appeal to the middle ground, so that's the political aspect.feedback

Philip Lowe

The RBA did not move in lockstep with other central banks when monetary stimulus was being delivered and we don't need to move in lockstep as some of this stimulus is removed. This has no automatic implications for monetary policy in Australia. These central banks lowered their interest rates to zero and also expanded their balance sheets greatly. We did not go down this route.feedback

Ruth Davidson

It's not working for everyone, however, and some people are enriching themselves through the kind of restrictive practices that Adam Smith warned us about two centuries ago. Nationally and internationally, capitalism needs a reboot. It is not inequality that bites deepest, but injustice. People expect that the CEO of a corporation will be the highest paid person on the payroll.feedback

Vince Cable - Stansted Airport

It wasn't terribly clear what [Corbyn] was actually going to do that would make any difference. Most of his tax policies do involve higher marginal tax rates on high earners, but as far as I know he didn't say anything at all about wealth and property, which is actually the real source of inequality. Well, as long as it remains cultish and emotional, it's quite difficult to counter. There are two basic problems. One is their economics, which make no sense. Of course if you are in a cult you don't worry about things like that, but I think a lot of people will start to worry about it.feedback

T.J. Zlotnitsky

My story wouldn't be possible without the uniquely American combination of opportunity and public services that my family was able to tap into.feedback

Bill Emmott

They are the explanation for Trump, for Brexit, for Le Pen.feedback

Jeremy Waldron

We might become so accustomed to economic inequality, so inured to the spectacle of it despite its being unjustified, that we cease to recognize those who are deprived as nevertheless our equals. It may even be morally embarrassing for us to recognize them as such, since we would then have to acknowledge the injustice. Better perhaps to turn away, or to try what it feels like to deny or suppress the proposition that poor people too are entitled to equal concern.feedback

Jeremy Waldron

It is because we are one another's equals that we ought to have concern about high levels of economic inequality.feedback

Agnes Norris Keiller

There are important gaps between the average incomes of different regions, though inequalities within regions are far larger than those between them. While London remains the most unequal part of the country, inequality in the capital has seen a dramatic decline over the last decade.feedback

Jennifer Dulski - Change.org

Paid parental leave policy is one of the most powerful statements [companies] can make to break down workplace gender inequality and support working parents and their families.feedback

Max Lawson - Oxfam Intermón

We only found one country who had actually raised corporation tax, and that was Chile. If we don't do something proactive about this global trend, we could see the de facto end to corporate tax in our lifetimes. Rich countries tend to do badly on tax because it's been very much the accepted wisdom to push taxes onto the consumer with VAT. Rich people are paying less and less tax, and that's been seen in mainstream economics as a way of liberating your economy and developing growth.feedback

Max Lawson - Oxfam Intermón

If you compare this amount of spending somewhere like the UK, it's pretty remarkable. When we were that poor, we didn't spend anything like that much of our budget on education, which was largely provided through charities or the church.feedback

Max Lawson - Oxfam Intermón

What we want to be very clear about is that inequality is not inevitable, but the direct result of a government's policy choices.feedback

Max Lawson - Oxfam Intermón

The UK has slashed corporation tax a bit further and a bit faster than most other rich countries. And if you look at what the government is proposing currently – a reduction from 19% to 17% – that's only going to get worse. If Labour were in power, and raised corporation and income tax to the level promised in their manifesto, the UK would move up the rankings – but even the 26% rate Labour was proposing is still a lot lower than in Germany, for example.feedback

Max Lawson - Oxfam Intermón

There are, relatively, a lot more young people in poorer countries, which is a structural factor that makes education more important for their governments. But there's still a really positive and important story in African countries like Ethiopia and Mozambique in particular, where primary education is now free. These countries are putting almost a fifth of their budgets into education, and more kids are being educated than ever before, in the context of an exploding population.feedback

Adrian Bejan

Capital is measurable as energy consumed, or movement affected by fuel, food, and work. This unites economics and physics.feedback

Adrian Bejan

I'm working on the next question: how to make the distribution of assets less unequal. It involves regulation, but with greater non-monetary contribution from individuals.feedback

Adrian Bejan

Government's push for STEM, infrastructure, and other solutions is useful, even necessary. However, desperately needed are the artificial channels that are quietly developed by persons who more fully capture the problems in their communities.feedback

Adrian Bejan

There needs to be increased social mobility among the haves and have nots. A successful baseball player could get a child from a poor neighborhood a ticket to the game and stir their imagination. New York Times writers and hedge fund owners interacting with non-Manhattan folk who have bleak prospects. Communities, such as the resource-pooling Bruderhof, though controversial to those who favor a meritocracy, could also offer a model.feedback

Kimberly Noble

There has been decades of work from social scientists, looking at socioeconomic disparities in broad cognitive outcomes – things like IQ or high-school graduation rate. But there's no high-school graduation part of the brain.feedback

Kimberly Noble

Although income may not be the only factor that determines a child's developmental trajectory, it may be the easiest one to alter from the standpoint of implementing policy – a down-payment of sorts to promote the health of a growing child's brain.feedback

Martha Farah

I would expect her to have been very proactive on this topic, both trying to support the research and also looking for all kinds of ways – neuroscience-related and otherwise – to support the development of kids in poverty. It's really a shame for this field that she's not our next president. It doesn't seem like that would be his top priority. Basically, this work is going forward without much in the way of focused federal funding.feedback

Kimberly Noble

I would say we have strong correlational evidence at this point, but we don't really have the causal evidence yet.feedback

David Blunkett

For so many children, the fight against inequality begins at birth. We have an obligation as a nation to provide them with the means to win that battle.feedback

Nick Clegg

Despite all the changes in education policy over the years – under governments of all persuasions – inequality in our school system has sadly remained a constant. It is simply unacceptable that poorer children are generally taught by less experienced teachers and that their life chances are shaped by the postcode in which they live. In the end, this report confirms something that everybody intuitively knows already: the best education relies on good-quality teachers and supportive parents.feedback

Tom Morello

Living on the 110' is a song that speaks to the issue of homelessness. The 110 is a freeway in Los Angeles and living beneath it are thousands of homeless people. Bentleys and Rolls Royces roaring by are literally driving on top of the poor and their makeshift homes, a picture perfect analogy for the grotesque economic inequality that plagues our times.feedback

Jeremy Corbyn

Unease, that a society can go on in this direction with poverty and inequality alongside very rapidly rising huge individual wealth for a small number of people. I've got good news for the Tories: I know they're living through a nightmare at the moment. I'm somebody, as you're very well aware, that doesn't get involved in personal abuse and would never exploit somebody else's misfortune – so I want to help these Tories out of their nightmare. Feel free, at any time, to resign and we'll have another general election.feedback

Sam Smethers

This research shows women are having to save a bigger share of their earnings throughout their working lives if they want to get the same pension in retirement as men. But far from saving more, women are likely to save less than men. Pension saving inequality is actually much worse than this report suggests. The model assumes that women have an unbroken contribution record.feedback

Christine Lagarde - International Monetary Fund

Think of excessively high economic inequality, low productivity growth, population aging, and gender gaps. As our research shows, these challenges put a ceiling on potential growth, making it harder to raise incomes and living standards.feedback

Jeremy Corbyn

Except for more misery, what does the Prime Minister and her Government actually offer for the young people of this country? Instead of offering platitudes, offer some real help and real support for those in work, young people who deserve better and deserve to be given more optimism than greater inequality.feedback

Alyssa Rosenberg

Questions of diversity and equality have been hotly debated in Hollywood in recent years. And over the last week, three actors drew lines in the sand. First, Michelle Rodriguez, who stars in the long-running “Fast and Furious” franchise, said she was contemplating leaving the series if the roles for women didn’t improve in subsequent installments. And over the weekend, actors Daniel Dae Kim and Grace Park quit the reboot of “Hawaii Five-O” amid reports that they had been unable to secure contracts that would have closed a pay gap of between 10 and 15 percent that separated them from their white, male co-stars.feedback

Shannon LaDeau

This summer, if you want to reduce mosquito numbers, one the best things you can do is reduce water-holding containers in your community. After a rainfall, do a quick survey of your yard or neighborhood and address sites where water pools. Planters, clogged gutters, neglected pet dishes and bird baths, and trash all provide great tiger mosquito breeding grounds.feedback

Peter Wittig

We have an extremely good economic run: record low unemployment, record low youth unemployment, ... pretty good social-security system, less people that feel left behind, less losers of globalization, not a dramatic inequality. So there's a strong social tissue and that has helped us. So nationalism is checked and there's no scapegoat. We have benefited from Europe. We don't have this anti-Brussels discourse.feedback

Roger Wilkins

Over the last 15 years, inequality hasn't really grown to any significant extent. Now, that doesn't mean it's at the right level. But there's not a basis for heightened concern, compared to 15 years ago.feedback

Catherine Bracy

Any industry that is growing as fast as tech is in this context is going to create the same dynamic. There's nothing specific about tech that makes this crisis worse except maybe the fact that there is a perception that they don't care. So, they have some responsibility ... in fixing the problem. They also have some outside political power and privilege that by and large goes unused on local issues like this. A line that is stuck in my head is from a housing activist who said, Everyone is at the table; tech is not at the table.feedback

Catherine Bracy

I decided we need to do something about it, at least from a very local on-the-ground perspective … because literally this is my neighbor and personally it's very real for me.feedback

Catherine Bracy

I'll admit my initial reaction was one of dread. I was picturing what it would mean for all of those Uber employees to be parachuted into my neighborhood, where the median income was about $25,000 a year.feedback

Catherine Bracy

People would say, No, don't come … we don't see that this is a valuable addition. I grew up in Detroit in the '80s, and if a company had made a similar announcement it would have been met with fanfare. Instead, my neighbors in Oakland were against it. In sort of a bigger picture way it's just not a great sign for our economy and what it symbolizes in terms of where wealth creation is happening and who it's going to.feedback

Catherine Bracy

[We recognize] that we need to build more units of affordable housing, but that those units won't come online for several years. In the meantime, Oakland is losing its low-income and communities of color at a really rapid pace. So we need to do what we can in the short term to help protect those communities and keep them in place while we create more housing. Tech does want to be a part of the solution, and tech isn't the underlying cause of the crisis.feedback

Catherine Bracy

I am a part of the creative class that has some responsibility for contributing to the conditions in the first place. ... I think it's incumbent on us to create a new political narrative about the role that tech and the creative class can play in driving growth in big cities and doing that in partnership with community organizations. So, the next time an Uber announces they're moving to Oakland it's greeted with applause and not concern.feedback

Catherine Bracy

They've been seen as living in their parallel universe and not really caring about the community. That feeds this perception that tech is the cause and that they're the enemy. I think it's unfortunate and it's a missed opportunity because people in tech and folks who are working to protect the most vulnerable communities are on the same page as far as policy. The second is organizing things they can do, using their skills and resources to support the community and community organizations that are working on these issues every day.feedback

Stella Creasy

Parliament has an opportunity today to turn concern about inequality into real action for change. For too long our Northern Irish women have been denied a basic right. Members across the house have told me they agree this is wrong. Today is our time to end this injustice.feedback

Soloman Hsiang

Unmitigated climate change will be very expensive for huge regions of the United States. If we continue on the current path, our analysis indicates it may result in the largest transfer of wealth from the poor to the rich in the country's history.feedback

Solomon Hsiang

You see a similar pattern internationally, where countries in the tropics are more heavily impacted by climate change. But this is the first study to show that same pattern of inequality in the United States.feedback

Trish Hennessy - Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives

Why not take inspiration from Iceland, which has committed to a plan to completely close the gender pay gap in five years' time? Set a goal. Set a timeline. Work the plan and make it happen.feedback

Trish Hennessy - Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives

Pay matters, but so do working conditions. Many jobs that women work in are precarious: hours are part-time or casual, they don't have benefits or pensions. That means the gender pay gap follows them all the way to retirement.feedback

Armine Yalnizyan - Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives

But they're nowhere near closed. It's people that don't have more than high-school [education] that see the biggest wage gap between women and men.feedback

Trish Hennessy - Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives

The gender pay gap persists in all types of occupations, even when women are in higher-paying jobs.feedback

Lauren Ravon - Oxfam Intermón

We need to have a society where we value the work that women have traditionally done: education, childcare, healthcare.feedback

Trish Hennessy - Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives

Unionisation helps, too. The gender pay gap is lower in unionised jobs – unions can be a great equaliser.feedback

Mario Draghi - European Central Bank

We have to fight against inequality. Is this a seriously destabilising factor that we should cope with?feedback

Ed Murray

Seattle's $15 minimum wages is raising pay for low-wage workers, while our City's economy is booming and unemployment is at historic lows. Businesses across the city are competing for employees and our city is in the midst of a period of nearly unprecedented growth. Raising the minimum wage helps ensure more people who live and work in Seattle can share in our city's success, and helps fight income inequality. It isn't just the right thing to do, it's the smart thing to do.feedback

Zafar Ansari

Society is in a concerning place whatever your background. There are troubling questions about inequality and the atomisation of people – the way in which societies are splitting up socially and economically. There are 3.1 million Muslims in this country and it's often very difficult to have conversations about divisions in British society after devastating attacks on all communities. But it's important we keep having those conversations.feedback

Jeremy Corbyn

You're absolutely right. Yes, the £10 an hour living wage, real living wage, is correct and also should apply to all workers, because I don't think young people eat less than old people - that's my experience anyway. Make no mistake about it - this is the brutal reality of austerity economics that has failed in its own terms, and leading to falling living standards, rising inequality and disasters. This wholly preventable tragedy at Grenfell Tower surely has got to be a warning lesson to all of us - you cut at your peril, you ignore safety at your peril.feedback

Deborah Gold

This data offers hope but also a new and urgent challenge. This model needs to be sustained, built on, and replicated elsewhere across the country. Further, we need to understand how to have a similar impact in other affected populations. However, our evidence shows that, just at the time we need to be intensifying our work, investment in HIV prevention has diminished and is under further threat. Without proper investment in prevention, HIV will remain a significant health inequality.feedback

Becky Krieger

There's definitely a push-pull when it comes to this topic. I don't think the parents want any conflict to surface regarding inequality. But there are a lot of people who don't want to talk about these subjects, either.feedback

Laura Gardiner - Resolution Foundation

Britain's pre-crash property boom created a huge, unearned and largely tax-free £2.3 trillion housing wealth windfall for those old enough and lucky enough to be home owners at the time. But while the property bubble hugely benefited many of Britain's baby boomers, it has also driven generational wealth progress into reverse by pricing younger people out of home ownership.feedback

James Hillard

It's kind of tempting to draw comparisons between the '70s and now. It was a time of huge inequality and people fighting for rights. You need a kind of escapism from it all.feedback

Silvana Tenreyro

Skill-biased technological progress, globalization, and the fall of unions have created winners and losers, and the latter have not been compensated for their losses. They saw their standards of living deteriorate since the late 1970s, while at the same time salaries at the top of the distribution rocketed. Inequality is a critical issue in the UK and the West that needs to be addressed. Brexit was mostly an angry vote against the lack of progress of the bottom half.feedback

Dan Ben-David

The problems that are causing the housing issue are very highly related to the problems that are causing high rates of income inequality, and low rates of productivity. They cost the government a lot of money in all kinds of tax benefits and all kinds of subsidies when eventually they end up benefiting the investors anyway.feedback

Christopher Herbert

If you go back to, say, 1970 and you look at the differences in house prices across market areas, they were not nearly as extreme as they are now. It's a function of income inequality and how much the differences in income have grown.feedback

Jonathan Freedland

The evil of rampant inequality is nothing new. But this disaster must bring us to a turning point. You walk around and it might be Westminster or the Manchester Arena or London Bridge, or even New York in the days after 9/11. In the shadow of Grenfell Tower, the trappings of grief: the signs pleading for the safe return of the missing, the vigil candles, the notes and messages left for the dead. People stand in stunned clusters, talking to each other, to police, to reporters, telling of the horror they’ve witnessed, recalling the pain of a friend’s final message or a father whose phone rang and rang but was never answered.feedback

Lynsey Hanley

The privileged can buy their safety – high-rise dwellers and the poor are condemned to second-class status. The appalling destruction of Grenfell Tower and the lives of so many who lived there has exposed what society, in its heart, already knows: our housing cannot continue to be subject to the market’s desires, needs or fluctuations. If some housing is regarded as being more valuable, more desirable, corners will always be cut in the places where there is less financial return. The same goes for people: the most disadvantaged always suffer most from the mistakes of the powerful.feedback

Lucy Delap

We want to use language that is transparent. We're rewriting our first two years of our History degree to create a wider set of paper choices, to make assessment criteria clearer, and to really try and root out the unhelpful and very vague talk of 'genius', of 'brilliance', of 'flair' which carries assumptions of gender inequality and also of class and ethnicity.feedback

Agnes Gund

I have always had an extreme sensitivity to inequality. She added that she was also deeply affected by Michelle Alexander's 2010 book, The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness,' and by Ava DuVernay's 2016 documentary, 13th,' about African-Americans in the prison system. The criminal justice system in its current state – particularly in its treatment of people of color – is unfair and unjust.feedback

Jeremy Corbyn

There's a possibility of voting the Queen's Speech down and we're going to push that all the way. We have got a mandate to deal with issues of poverty, justice and inequality in Britain. Nearly 13 million people voted for us to do it. That's why I'm here.feedback

Jeremy Corbyn

Listen, is it credible that with all the issues facing our country, all the issues of inequality and injustice and the Brexit talks and everything else that you have a Government that cannot actually gain a majority in the House of Commons except by doing a deal with a very socially conservative DUP? Come on, we need something more responsible than that.feedback

Bryan Stevenson

There's long been this criticism that people who have the means to acquire fine art are allowed to surround themselves with beautiful things while they are unwilling to look at the ugly realities that sometimes shape a community or a culture or a country. Using this art to actually respond to over-incarceration or racial inequality or social injustice is a powerful idea.feedback

Jeremy Corbyn

We have got a mandate to deal with issues of poverty, justice and inequality in Britain. We want to end austerity and invest in this country and that's what we're going to do. The Prime Minister called this election on the basis she would need a stronger mandate to negotiate Brexit. I'm very happy about that. I'm very proud to lead this party. And I'm open to everyone. It's important to make that clear.feedback

Scott Stossel - The Atlantic

Every generation, going back to Periclean Greece, to second century Rome, to the Enlightenment, to the Georgians and to the Victorians, believes itself to be the most anxious age ever. There is widespread inequality of wealth and status, general confusion over gender roles and identities, and of course the fear, dormant for several decades, that ICBMs will rain nuclear fire on American cities. The silver lining for those with nervous disorders is that we can welcome our previously non-neurotic fellow citizens into the anxious fold.feedback

Bernie Sanders

I am delighted to see Labour do so well. All over the world people are rising up against austerity and massive levels of income and wealth inequality. People in the UK, the US and elsewhere want governments that represent all the people, not just the 1%. What has impressed me – and there is a real similarity between what he has done and what I did – is he has taken on the establishment of the Labour party, he has gone to the grassroots and he has tried to transform that party … and that is exactly what I am trying to do.feedback

Bernie Sanders

I am delighted to see Labour do so well. All over the world people are rising up against austerity and massive levels of income and wealth inequality. People in the U.K., the U.S. and elsewhere want governments that represent all the people, not just the 1%. I congratulate Jeremy Corbyn for running a very positive and effective campaign. Please text back Mr Corbyn [and say] that I would be more than delighted.feedback

Toby Laurent Belson

There is huge inequality and deprivation here and these issues were not addressed by the outgoing MP, so for us to have a voice finally is the story of the election. It's representative of what's been going on nationally.feedback

Jeremy Corbyn

I'm very proud of our campaign. As we prepare for government, we have already changed the debate and given people hope. Hope that it doesn't have to be like this, that inequality can be tackled, that austerity can be ended, that you can stand up to the elites and the cynics.feedback

Catherine Mann - OECD

Trade and manufacturing output growth have picked up from a very low level, helped by firmer domestic demand growth in Asia and Europe, and private sector confidence has strengthened. But policy uncertainty remains high, trust in government has diminished, wage growth is still weak, inequality persists, and imbalances and vulnerabilities remain in financial markets.feedback

Keith Payne

When the level of inequality becomes too large to ignore, everyone starts acting strange. Inequality affects our actions and our feelings in the same systematic, predictable fashion again and again.feedback

Keith Payne

Higher inequality seemed to undercut the superstar players it was meant to incentivize, which is what you would expect if you believed that the chief effect of pay inequality was to reduce cooperation and team cohesion. It makes us believe weird things, superstitiously clinging to the world as we want it to be rather than as it is. Inequality divides us, cleaving us into camps not only of income but also of ideology and race, eroding our trust in one another. It generates stress and makes us all less healthy and less happy.feedback

Bernie Sanders

I am also impressed by his willingness to talk about class issues. Too many people run away from the grotesque levels of income and wealth inequality that exist in the United States, that exist in the UK, and I believe we will never make the kinds of changes that we needs unless we take on this issue of income and wealth inequality and create an economy that works for all of us. I don't think Jeremy Corbyn needs my advice, I think he's doing quite well, nor do I think the people of the UK need my advice on who to vote for. I think they understand that.feedback

Bernie Sanders

I am also impressed by his willingness to talk about class issues. Too many people run away from the grotesque levels of income and wealth inequality that exist in the United States, the UK and all over the world. We will never make the kind of changes we need unless we take on the levels of inequality that exist. I don't think Jeremy Corbyn needs my advice. I think he is doing quite well. Nor do the people of the UK need my advice on who to vote for. I think they understand. But I have been very impressed by the campaign that he has been running and I wish him the very best.feedback

Bernie Sanders

The age we now live in is crying out for a Jeremy Corbyn. I am also impressed by his willingness to talk about class issues. Too many people run away from the grotesque levels of income and wealth inequality that exist in the United States, the UK and all over the world. We will never make the kind of changes we need unless we take on the levels of inequality that exist.feedback

Steve Killelea - Institute for Economics and Peace

While the true extent of such significant political polarity in the US will take years to be fully realised, its disruptive influence is already evident. Increasing inequality, rising perceptions of corruption, and falling press freedoms have all contributed to this substantial deterioration in the US and an overall decline in peace in the North America region. When combined with the increasing level of peace inequality, whereby the least peaceful countries are moving further apart from the most peaceful, the resulting scenario is one in which further improvements in peace are not guaranteed.feedback

Steve Killelea - Institute for Economics and Peace

Although this year's uptick is reassuring, the world is still mired with conflict in the Middle East, political turmoil in the U.S., refugee flows and terrorism in Europe. While the true extent of such significant political polarity in the U.S. will take years to be fully realised, its disruptive influence is already evident. Increasing inequality, rising perceptions of corruption, and falling press freedoms have all contributed to this substantial deterioration in the U.S. and an overall decline in peace in the North America region.feedback

Steve Killelea - Institute for Economics and Peace

The increased political polarity in the U.S. is being experienced across the developed world. This is driven by underlying conditions of increasing inequality, rising perceptions of corruption, a lack of acceptance of rights of others, and falling press freedoms. These factors underpin the U.S. decline in peace and signal potential future increases in instability and violence.feedback

Bernie Sanders

What has impressed me – and there is a real similarity between what he has done and what I did – is he has taken on the establishment of the Labour party, he has gone to the grassroots and he has tried to transform that party … and that is exactly what I am trying to do. I am also impressed by his willingness to talk about class issues. Too many people run away from the grotesque levels of income and wealth inequality that exist in the United States, the UK and all over the world. We will never make the kind of changes we need unless we take on the levels of inequality that exist.feedback

Paul Sanderson

A ‘help to save’ plan for tenants who lack access to family money could level the home ownership playing field. My parents married, obtained a mortgage and bought their first home in the 1950s. For several years prior to that, they had saved almost every spare penny towards a deposit in the hope that they could beg the building society to grant them a mortgage. I can only imagine their pride as they stood in their own home for the first time, having joined the other 30% of the UK population who were home owners at that time. Fast forward to the 1980s, and with a little help from my family, I joined the by then almost 60% of the population who owned their own home.feedback

Jeremy Corbyn

I told them I would carry on as leader because we'll have won the election by then. It's a simple choice before the country in this election. The Labour way of working for the good of the entire community, or the Tory way perpetuating the grotesque level of inequality that already exists within our society.feedback

Mark Zuckerberg - Facebook

The greatest successes come from having the freedom to fail, . If I had to support my family growing up instead of having time to code, if I didn't know I'd be fine if Facebook didn't work out, I wouldn't be standing here today. If we're honest, we all know how much luck we've had. We have a level of wealth inequality that hurts everyone. When you don't have the freedom to take your idea and turn it into a historic enterprise, we all lose. Right now our society is way over-indexed on rewarding success and we don't do nearly enough to make it easy for everyone to take lots of shots.feedback

Owen Jones

A group of outsourced workers have fought back over their conditions and a top university is reeling. Their story tells us that injustice need not be permanent. It is a university that prides itself on being a forum for debate about social injustice and inequality. The London School of Economics was founded by Fabian socialists at the end of the 19th century: they believed education was key to liberating society from social ills.feedback

Mohamed El-Erian - Pimco

This is no longer a Trump trade. This is somewhere between a reflation trade, but much more importantly a liquidity trade. This is a liquidity-driven market. I have underestimated the strength of the liquidity injections. Not just from the Fed, but I think the increase in [income] inequality has meant there's been less consumption and more investing in the market. And the profit share is so high that the companies are putting the money back into the marketplace.feedback

Monique Ebell

The evidence we present does not support the narrative of rising regional inequality in productivity over the past decade. Breaking down regional productivity into wages (employee compensation per worker) and profits, we find that wages have even become somewhat more equally distributed across UK regions, with wages at workplaces in London stagnating, while wages outside of London have shown modest growth in nominal terms.feedback

Pedro Sanchez

To the millions of progressives who may or may not have voted Socialist, we say the PSOE will be an effective opposition, and one that defends the social majority who are sick of PP corruption and who are suffering job insecurity and inequality as a result of the PP's cuts.feedback

Sophie Harman

There's a huge inequality between the people at the top who are getting helicopters and business class, and everyone else who just has to make do.feedback

Barack Obama

Let's fight to make sure our so-called allies in the Middle East, the Saudis and the Egyptians, stop oppressing their own people, and suppressing dissent, and tolerating corruption and inequality, and mismanaging their economies so that their youth grow up without education, without prospects, without hope, the ready recruits of terrorist cells.feedback

Observer editorial

The Conservative proposals are full of promise but Brexit-related pitfalls are all too obvious. Theresa May’s election manifesto is a watershed moment in British politics. It defines Conservativism’s decisive and long overdue break with Thatcherism . The declaration in the statement of manifesto principles that Conservatives do not believe in the “untrammelled free market”, nor “selfish individualism and abhor social division, unfairness, inequality and injustice” is startling. No less arresting are the following paragraphs declaring a belief in the “power of government to do good” and that “nobody, however powerful, succeeded alone and we all have a debt to others”. Society, it proclaims, is “a contract between generations”.feedback

André Odendaal

That shows the inequality that we still have deal with. The sporting infrastructure remains essentially an apartheid system.feedback

Gordon Brown

Theresa May says she wants to strengthen her hand in negotiations with Europe but she won't tell us what that hand is. What she wants is a free hand, a blank cheque, carte blanche to do whatever she wants to. No prime minster should ever be given a blank cheque. That is more poverty than even under Mrs Thatcher. Mrs May's Britain will have more poverty and inequality than even the poverty we saw in the Thatcher/Major years.feedback

Gordon Brown

That is more poverty than even under Mrs Thatcher. Mrs May's Britain will have more poverty and inequality than even the poverty we saw in the Thatcher/Major years. She says she wants to unite the country, she will create a country that is more divided economically and more socially polarised than at any time in our history in the last 50 years. The SNP like to lecture others about moral responsibility where it is issues over which they've got no control. It's time they accepted moral responsibility for concerns or problems over which they have control.feedback

Greg Fealy

They are trying to harness that movement to link the Islamist agenda with inequality. It is, in effect, targeting Chinese non-Muslims. This is all part of a pitched battle in the run-up to 2019.feedback

Larissa Waters

So proud that my daughter Alia is the first baby to be breastfed in the federal Parliament! We need more #women & parents in Parli #auspol. I'll be having a few more weeks off but will soon be back in parliament with this little one in tow. She is even more inspiration for continuing our work to address gender inequality and stem dangerous climate change. (And yes, if she's hungry, she will be breastfed in the Senate chamber).feedback

Ali Mokdad - Hezbollah

These findings demonstrate an urgent imperative, that policy changes at all levels are gravely needed to reduce inequality in the health of Americans. Federal, state, and local health departments need to invest in programs that work and engage their communities in disease prevention and health promotion.feedback

Larissa Waters

I'll be having a few more weeks off but will soon be back in parliament with this little one in tow. She is even more inspiration for continuing our work to address gender inequality and stem dangerous climate change. (And yes, if she's hungry, she will be breastfed in the Senate chamber). We need more women and parents in Parliament. And we need more family-friendly and flexible workplaces, and affordable childcare, for everyone.feedback

Barack Obama

For many Americans I know this feels like an uncertain and even perilous time. The forces of globalization and technology have upended our established assumptions about the economy, they've provided great opportunity, but also inequality for far too many. At such moments, courage is necessary. At such moments we need courage to stand up to hate, not just in others, but in ourselves. At such moments we need the courage to stand-up to dogma, not just in others, but in ourselves.feedback

Benjamin Barber

It can’t be left to dysfunctional nation states to tackle – but as Oslo and Seoul have shown, metropolitan centres can rise to the challenge of global warming. Climate change is the most urgent challenge facing humankind. Other issues make headlines: terrorism kills; inequality affects everyday life for billions around the globe. But climate is paramount, because in sustainability human survival itself is at stake. Why then have the nations governing the planet been so hopelessly ineffective in addressing the grave environmental crisis?feedback

Ian Jack

When inequality peaked in the past, the people resented the super-rich. Today they vote for them. The world has no grander seaside houses than those of Newport, Rhode Island, where the money made in America’s Gilded Age was spent on all kinds of unnecessary architecture.feedback

Beth Corzo-Duchardt

The fact that a high degree of self-direction may be required in the new work force means that existing structures of inequality will be replicated in the future.feedback

Nigel Wilson - Legal & General Group

The intergenerational inequality that creates the demand for BoMaD [Bank of Mum and Dad] funding continues to widen – younger people today don't have the same opportunities that the baby-boomers had, including affordable housing, defined benefit pensions and free university education. Parents want to help their kids get on in life, and the Bank of Mum and Dad is a testament to their generosity, but it is also a symptom of our broken housing market.feedback

Nigel Wilson - Legal & General Group

The Bank of Mum and Dad continues to grow in importance in helping young people take their early steps onto the housing ladder. The intergenerational inequality that creates the demand for BoMaD funding continues to widen – younger people today don't have the same opportunities that the baby-boomers had, including affordable housing, defined benefit pensions and free university education. Parents want to help their kids get on in life, and the Bank of Mum and Dad is a testament to their generosity, but it is also a symptom of our broken housing market.feedback

Carsten Brzeski - ING-DiBa

Before getting too enthusiastic, not all is well in the euro zone. Despite the cyclical upswing, unemployment rates in many countries remain far too high to reduce social inequality, government debt ratios have hardly come down in most countries, and further and necessary works on the structure of the monetary union have been put on hold.feedback

Daniel Mahoney

This reflects the government's excellent record on achieving record levels of employment in the economy. Levels of net dependency are, however, still too high and remain well above historic levels. This highlights the importance of continuing the government's reforms to promote greater employment, including the need to set the conditions for strong economic growth and to further reduce the marginal tax rates faced by the lowest paid.feedback

Ben Bernanke - Federal Reserve System

Clearly there is very substantial stress among a large part of the population. Some of it is cultural-social, and I'm not really an expert on those things. Some of it is economic inequality, disruption from trade and technology, slow productivity growth, which means slow wage growth. We might have lower tax rates, maybe balanced to some extent by closing some loopholes, that would be a better policy. I don't think it's going create a productivity miracle or anything like that, but it would be more efficient. It would probably improve investment a little bit.feedback

Guilhem Fouetillou - Linkfluence

The mechanics of 'virality' on Facebook allows a form of inequality between different media.feedback

Ian Jack

The homes passed on from this fortunate generation to the next will determine who is rich and who is poor in years to come. What did our grandparents leave us? That will depend on who they were and what they possessed, but in my case, not untypical of my generation, it wasn’t very much.feedback

Paul Christopher

It's that unknown and then the very important fact that there's populism. We wanted to close our eyes and pretend it's going to go away. For it to continue from Brexit, to the U.S. and back to France again, it's a sign that Western democracies have a big problem – inequality in income and noninclusive economic growth. You have to sort out the uncertainty. If one of the extremists is going to be president, what is the national assembly going to be like?feedback

Carolyn Wilkins - Bank of Canada

Trade is a great driver of productivity, and so the risk of growing protectionism concerns me. Disrupting supply chains and reducing incentives to compete will not create more jobs and incomes in the long run. It's really, from our read, the combination of those costs and uncertainties outside of financing that are holding some businesses back right now and clearly the uncertainty that surrounds the trade policies of the new administration in the U.S. haven't made that any easier. Worsening income inequality can lead to weaker macroeconomic outcomes and financial instability.feedback

Tommy Stadlen - Polaroid Corporation

You are seeing a backlash against tech from privacy, extremist content, gender inequality, tech needs to do something to regain trust and define our contribution to society a lot more clearly.feedback

Jeremy Corbyn

I think the issue will get out there more and more, people will begin to understand that we don't have to go through these levels of austerity in Britain, we don't have to have these levels of inequality in Britain. Why don't you ask me questions about policy, why are you only asking questions about polling and me? I can't give you a mistake this morning. There are too many.feedback

Josh Hardie

We are leaving EU and redefining our place in world at a time of incredible pace of change and innovation, and all of those have a real impact on real people and communities. If we have seen anything in past year it is that the level of inequality and unfairness across regions is growing and that has consequences - the important thing at the moment is that when we are developing the industrial strategy, the end goal isn't just productivity, it is the impact on people on the ground in communities.feedback

Inti Gomez

I work a lot and I'm badly paid. What's really hard is this inequality that I'm forced to submit to. Change is possible. I'm just taking advantage of this collective joy.feedback

Jim Chalmers - Chalmers

We can attack the worst consequences of technological change without denying ourselves the broader benefits of that change.feedback

Jim Chalmers - Chalmers

It's quite an endearing thing. There's a real intergenerational concern for what young people going into the workforce now won't have access to that people had access to in years gone by. You see it in housing as well, which is why this housing debate's so turbo-charged at the moment.feedback

Jesús Santos

It's outrageous that a school that receives public funds should separate the sexes in such a senseless way. It is not right that centres continue to educate boys and girls according to sexist roles of segregation and inequality.feedback

Eileen Naughton - Google

So we were quite surprised when a representative of the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs at the U.S. Department of Labor (OFCCP) accused us of not compensating women fairly. We were taken aback by this assertion, which came without any supporting data or methodology. Our pay equity model … looks at employees in the same job categories, and analyzes their compensation to confirm that the adjusted amount shows no statistically significant differences between men's and women's compensation.feedback

Heidi Hautala

Inflating aid figures with in-donor refugee costs does not help the least developed countries to tackle poverty and inequality. The EU and its member states must keep their promises to both tackle poverty and assist refugees, and should not be trading one off against the other.feedback

George Monbiot

Instead of growth at all costs, a new economic model allows us to thrive while saving the planet. So what are we going to do about it? This is the only question worth asking. But the answers appear elusive. Faced with a multifaceted crisis – the capture of governments by billionaires and their lobbyists, extreme inequality, the rise of demagogues, above all the collapse of the living world – those to whom we look for leadership appear stunned, voiceless, clueless. Even if they had the courage to act, they have no idea what to do.feedback

Jeremy Corbyn

Low pay blights the lives of huge and growing numbers in our country and fuels widening inequality. The government's re-branding of the minimum wage to the national living wage hasn't dealt with the real problems of low pay and rising cost of living. That's why Labour will raise the legal minimum wage for all to at least £10 an hour by 2020, giving more than five and a half million people a pay rise in the process. Labour's real living wage will immediately boost the incomes and opportunities of more than 20 per cent of the workforce, especially in sectors such as retail, care and hospitality.feedback

Torsten Bell

The living standards outlook is bleak and risks giving us the inequality rises of the 1980s, without the feelgood factor of rising incomes. But it can and should change. After all, Theresa May knows her record will be judged as much on the Britain she builds as the Brexit she delivers.feedback

Jared Bernstein

Job growth slowed in March, but that may well just be statistical noise. Nevertheless, wage inequality is again on the rise.feedback

Neera Tanden

It's a false choice to say we have to decide between economic issues and civil rights. They're all part of the larger problem of inequality that we should be fighting against. There's no easy answers, and we're still at the very beginning of the ideas process.feedback

Christine Lagarde - International Monetary Fund

Another decade of weak productivity growth would seriously undermine the rise in global living standards. Slower growth could also jeopardise the financial and social stability of some countries by making it more difficult to reduce excessive inequality and sustain private debt and public obligations. We estimate that, if total factor productivity growth had followed its pre-crisis trend, overall GDP in advanced economies would be about five per cent higher today. That would be the equivalent of adding another Japan -- and more -- to the global economy.feedback

Bernie Sanders

We need to elect progressives at every level of government if we are going to beat back the dangerous agenda of the Trump Administration and its Republican allies. Tom is committed to fighting the rigged economy and income inequality. He was the first major statewide candidate in Virginia to run on a $15 minimum wage and the first to say two years of community college should be tuition-free.feedback

Marc Benioff - Salesforce.com

When we do future acquisitions, I will ask the question, have we looked at the pay gap for the company?' . I've never had to do that before. Honestly, in some ways it's shocking. In other ways, it's kind of like, gee, why didn't we think of that?' . If we don't fight for equality, then the forces of inequality will take us over. It may just be that every year we're going to be making an adjustment like this. We're not a static company.feedback

Christine Lagarde - International Monetary Fund

Education and training are the key policy actions to raise both productivity growth and reduce inequality.feedback

Torsten Bell

Following the Budget the rights and wrongs of a relatively small National Insurance change for the self-employed have dominated the headlines. But the real tax and benefit debate is about much bigger policy changes being rolled out this week and in the coming years. These amount to unwise giveaways to richer households and unjustifiable takeaways from less well-off families. The result is higher inequality and a decision to squeeze living standards for low and middle income families at a time when rising prices are already outstripping wage growth.feedback

Rosie Ferguson

Yet the solution to this has to be actions that address the specific, concrete drivers of inequality, rather than the inflammatory stigmatising of those involved.feedback

Ron Frye

He's stirred up so much animosity that unless you came over on the Mayflower you cannot be sure you're not going to get targeted by him. To have fought for freedom, equality, democracy – all these things held so dear – and then to have somebody being elected who seems to support the exact opposite of that – hatred, inequality, the segregation … It's as if we're taking a step back to the 1950s.feedback

Pablo Ospina

Excessive wealth in a country marked by inequality and huge poverty isn't a very good business card.feedback

Richard Feinberg

There are three reasons for the pause in the reforms – and I say pause, because inevitably reforms will continue at some point. Senior leadership is focused on managing austerity and preparing the succession as Raúl steps down . . . They are also managing a backlash over emerging inequality, low state wages and inflation.feedback

Alan Milburn

Owning a home is becoming a distant dream for millions of young people on low incomes who do not have the luxury of relying on the bank of Mum and Dad to give them a foot up on the housing ladder. The way the housing market is operating is exacerbating inequality and impeding social mobility. It is welcome that the Government recognises the growing problem people face in getting on the housing ladder. A major national effort is needed to expand opportunities for home ownership and will require more radical action on housing supply.feedback

John Healey

This is further evidence of an inequality of wealth and opportunity for home ownership in this country and it's part of seven years of failure on housing under Conservative ministers. The government has got to do more to help young first-time buyers who don't have the bank of mum and dad behind them. They could start by making sure help to buy is better targeted. It's indefensible that help to buy is helping almost 25,000 people who are not first-time buyers.feedback

Andrew Stern

To ignore the possibility and not plan [for automation] would be a huge mistake. Studies all say there will be a massive disruption in jobs.feedback

Jason Furman - Council of Economic Advisers

Education is the closest thing to a 'magic bullet'. While the world is a messy place, it makes sense to give more to people who need support more.feedback

Andrew Stern

Despite job growth, the November election is a shocking warning that the economy is off to a bad start, and many people are stuck in minimum wage jobs.feedback

Jeremy Corbyn

Last week the prime minister twice accused me of wanting to bankrupt Britain by borrowing money to fund investment. But as every businessperson knows, there is a world of difference between borrowing for capital spending and borrowing to fund the payroll and day-to-day trading or service delivery. It's quite simple – united we stand divided we fall. And united I believe this great party can do things together to achieve for the people that need Labour councils and, above all, need a Labour government and a society based on social justice and equality, not greed and inequality.feedback

Nancy Pelosi

This is pretty exciting for us, yesterday our anniversary, today a victory for the Affordable Care Act more importantly, for the American people. Tomorrow is the fifty first anniversary of Rev Martin Luther King Jnr saying in a speech…that of all of the forms of inequality, inequality in healthcare is probably the most inhumane.feedback

Lisa Phillips

The first step in addressing inequality is acknowledging it. Hard data makes it plain and clear.feedback

Faiza Shaheen

The white working class and the minority-ethnic working class aren’t enemies: they are companions in a fight against economic inequality. The Brexit vote has not only exposed deep socioeconomic fractures in British society – it has also invented new ones. Identity politics has taken hold as never before.feedback

Jeffrey Sachs

Happy countries are the ones that have a healthy balance of prosperity, as conventionally measured, and social capital, meaning a high degree of trust in a society, low inequality and confidence in government. They are all aimed at increasing inequality – tax cuts at the top, throwing people off the healthcare rolls, cutting Meals on Wheels in order to raise military spending. I think everything that has been proposed goes in the wrong direction.feedback

Jeffrey Sachs

They are all aimed at increasing inequality – tax cuts at the top, throwing people off the health care rolls, cutting Meals on Wheels in order to raise military spending. I think everything that has been proposed goes in the wrong direction.