Richard Wilkinson: How economic inequality harms societies.

Wilkinson explains the many ways that a widening gap between the rich and poor can have harmful effects on health, lifespan, and basic human values. He proves through ample research that societies with more equality socially and economically are healthier and happier. He proves that inequality is a detriment to all levels of society, ranging from mental health, infant mortality, homicide, and life expectancy.

Wilkinson presents an interesting argument that more inequality will create heightened levels of competition and consumerism as well as social evaluation anxiety. Social evaluation anxiety is when one develops high levels of unnecessary stress from threats to self esteem, social status, and fear of negative judgments.

By: Millie Goebel

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