The Spirit Level: Why Equality is Better for Everyone

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Penguin Books, 2010 - Equality - 346 pages
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It is well established that in rich societies the poor have shorter lives and suffer more from almost every social problem. The Spirit Level argues that there is one common factor that links the healthiest and happiest societies: the degree of equality among their members. Not wealth; not resources; not culture, climate, diet, or system of government. Furthermore, more-unequal societies are bad for almost everyone within them - the well-off as well as the poor. The data assembled in The Spirit Level reveals striking differences, not only among the nations of the first world but even within America's fifty states. Almost every modern social problem - ill-health, violence, lack of community life, teen pregnancy, mental illness - is more likely to occur in a less-equal society. This is why America, by most measures the richest country on earth, has per capita shorter average lifespan, more cases of mental illness, more obesity, and more of its citizens in prison than any other developed nation.

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