The allegorical tale of Ants and Grasshoppers is often used to drive home the inevitable connection between handwork and success, as well as laziness and hardship. Or between talent and riches, indolence and penury. Here is another story that may run contrary to this message.
In die laaste post, I gave vent to all my left-wing righteousness against the growing income disparity. Dan is dit by my opgekom — a totally uniform wealth distribution is stochastically unlikely. In werklikheid, it is over seven billion times less likely than one person in the whole world holding all the wealth in the world. That brings me to the topic of this post – what is the most likely wealth distribution?
I read on BBC yesterday that the richest 62 people in the world now earn as much as the poorest half, which would be about 3.5 billion people! Although there is some confusion about the methodology, it is clear that the wealth and income have been getting more and more polarized. The rich are certainly getting richer. Income inequality is more acute than ever.
Die meeste mense (wat waarskynlik hierdie pos te lees) dink van hul finansiële stasie as middelklas, sodat jy kan vind dit vreemd dat ek moet sê die middelklas is verdwyn. Maar die polarisasie in die verspreiding van rykdom van die wêreld is baie werklike, en dit is sigbaar op elke strata van die samelewing. Ek wil graag om jou te oortuig deur staaltjies en voorbeelde voordat jy logies en formele daaroor.