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How many times do we wonder, ‘what’s the right thing to do’? Ed Yourdon from New York City, USA (Helping the homeless Uploaded by Gary Dee, via Wikimedia Commons

How should we decide what to do?

A scholar suggests a few approaches that have withstood the test of time.
This year’s World Economic Forum in Davos honored musician and philanthropist Elton John for his contributions to upholding ‘human dignity.’ AP Photo/Markus Schreiber

Davos grapples with inequality

The global elites are paying attention.
Many Americans would be appalled to think that caste might exist in the supposedly meritocratic U.S. But is the country’s persistent, entrenched inequality really so different? Lucy Nicholson/Reuters

Does America have a caste system?

An Indian scholar makes the case that caste explains inequality in America better than race and class.
Jeff Bezos is now the richest person in the world. Reed Saxon/AP Photo

The world on a billionaire’s budget

There are about 2,000 billionaires in the world, controlling over $7.6 trillion. How does that compare to the income of an average American?
French President Emmanuel Macron (right) talks to European Parliament, president Antonio Tajani (left) and Luxembourg’s prime minister, Xavier Bettel (center), during the Gothenburg summit on November 17, 2017. Ludovic Marin/AFP

Gothenburg’s summit for fair jobs and growth: a new narrative for Europe?

The final report of the EU's summit in Sweden makes generous use of the adjective "fair". With populism and xenophobia are on the rise, could this be the basis of a new narrative for Europe?
Social researcher Hugh Mackay and The Conversation’s FactCheck Editor Lucinda Beaman.

Speaking with: social researcher and author Hugh Mackay on 2017, ‘a really disturbing year’

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Author and social researcher Hugh Mackay says fragmentation was among the key themes of 2017 – but he has some concrete suggestions on how we can do better in 2018.
There is a glaring need to reform Australia’s archaic wealth inequality statistics to make them commensurate with international practice. www.shutterstock.com

Bad data collection means we don’t know how much the middle class is being squeezed by the wealthy

The squeeze on wealth in the middle class by those at the top is a long established trend in international inequality data. But the ABS doesn't provide this information.

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