Inequality isn’t my favourite hobby horse, mainly because:
- “Fair” and “equal [being / having the same]” are often (wrongly) assumed to be the same thing;
- “Equal [being / having the same]” and “[of] equal [worth]” also seem to get conflated;
- I don’t think that “equality [being / having the same]” for all people is possible or desirable, assuming that we’re generally in favour of freedom and diversity.
- It seems to me that pointing out what wealthier people ought to do can easily become a way of obscuring what we could and should do. (It’s easy to say “Jeff Bezos could eliminate malaria if he gave X percent of his wealth to it,” and turn a blind eye to the several thousand dollars or pounds that you could give towards the same goal.
But all of that’s not to say that I don’t think ludicrous inequality of wealth is worth our attention and probably our action, and this amazing graphic showing the wealth of some of the world’s richest people to scale (probably best opened on a computer screen) shows just how ridiculous things are.