Nobel Prize-winning economist and former Chief Economist at the World Bank, Joseph Stiglitz, will be giving a talk about wealth divisions. After writing a long list of books including ‘Globalization and Its Discontents’ and ‘Making Globalization Work’ his talk will be based on his latest book ‘The Great Divide’, a collection of essays and reflections on inequality.
During the evening he will explore how inequality is an increasing problem, leaving everyone, the rich as well as the poor, worse off. Stiglitz argues that inequality is not inevitable but a choice, the cumulative result of unjust policies and misguided priorities. Also, he will expose how policies such as deregulation and tax cuts for the rich are causing people to fall further and further behind. He will propose real solutions: increasing taxes on corporations and the wealthy; helping homeowners instead of banks; investing in education, science, and infrastructure and doing more to boost employment. He will also argue against what he sees as the tide of unnecessary, destructive austerity that is sweeping across Europe.
Royal Geographic Society, Wednesday 20th May, 7pm. You can buy tickets here … intelligencesquared