Self-determination, freedom of thought, choice of risk arguably have freed society, but then there's inequality, ill-health and narcissism.
The idea of a minimum wage has become widely accepted so why is a maximum wage so controversial?
The World Economic Forum draws a straight line from social injustice to many of the risks facing the world in 2017.
New ONS data indicate that the UK's poorest households are doing better and the richest are worse off. But this isn't the full picture.
From birth to end of life, African-Americans have worse health than whites. And, the gap keeps widening in some areas, as health care for some whites improves. What will
it take to close the gap?
The institutions that once allowed us to pull ahead may soon be the reason we fall behind.
A guide to steering your family away from a dialogue of the deaf about poverty and inequality this festive season.
The debate about different generations' economic status misses the inequality within generations, especially younger Australians.
A professor takes us back more than 20 years, to when struggling white working-class voters in Oregon were convinced that a conservative social agenda would help bring back timber jobs.
Informal settlements are often undocumented or hidden on official maps, but they house about a billion people worldwide. Their existence demands a more sophisticated approach to urban development.
The furore over Australia's international ranking in science, maths and English obscures what we should really be focusing on.
AIDS and HIV are still major health threats, fueled by poverty and discrimination as much as by the virus responsible for the infection.
Business Briefing: Former chief World Bank economist on inequality and doing away with big money
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A former chief economist to the World Bank and economic adviser to the Indian government says doing away with big currency notes is a noble idea but an ineffective tool.
South Africa's proposed national minimum wage must not be seen as a solution for all the country's economic problems but as a floor to protect the most vulnerable workers.
Global media systems cannot effectively contribute to social progress until opportunities not just for access, but also for active participation, are more widely shared.
In times of budgetary constraint, the cost of Australia's welfare system has been regarded by many in the Coalition as a drag on economic growth. Labor's Jenny Macklin has a different take.
Malcolm Turnbull has declared the case must be made for greater, not less, global economic integration.
Former Deputy Prime Minister Brian Howe says Bill Shorten must channel the abilities of his colleagues in parliament and the broader progressive movement if he is to lead the ALP back to government.
Since the future is so uncertain, South Africa's best response to Trump's election is to learn the lessons of its causes.
One of the messages coming out of Donald Trump's victory is that his supporters are rejecting the tolerance and cosmopolitanism of the past 30 years.