Where we came from. Where we could go.
In a decaying society, art, if it is truthful, must also reflect decay. And unless it wants to break faith with its social function, art must show the world is changeable and help to change it
Corporations are not people. Corporation decisions are made by people. We own the corporations with our shares, – with our money in our government, pension, banks, credit unions, and personal investment accounts, – except the lion’s share of the returns go to the people who make the decisions about the future of the corporations they operate in trust for the shareholders. Corporate decisions are focused on contribution to profit and share value and not on contribution to creating a sustainable enterprise, a sustainable community, or a sustainable economy or economic system.
The Corporation – Film
The 85 Richest People In The World Have As Much Wealth As The 3.5 Billion Poorest
As the 2014 World Economic Forum begins in Davos, Switzerland, Oxfam International has released a new report called, “Working for the Few,” that contains some startling statistics on what it calls the “growing tide of inequality.”
The report states:
- Almost half of the world’s wealth is now owned by just one percent of the population.
- The wealth of the one percent richest people in the world amounts to $110 trillion. That’s 65 times the total wealth of the bottom half of the world’s population.
- The bottom half of the world’s population owns the same as the richest 85 people in the world.
- Seven out of ten people live in countries where economic inequality has increased in the last 30 years.
- The richest one percent increased their share of income in 24 out of 26 countries for which we have data between 1980 and 2012.
- In the US, the wealthiest one percent captured 95 percent of post-financial crisis growth since 2009, while the bottom 90 percent became poorer.
Asserting that some economic inequality is necessary to foster growth, it also warns that extreme levels of wealth concentration “threaten to exclude hundreds of millions of people from realizing the benefits of their talents and hard work.”