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2016 Postmortem

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Recursion

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Fri Mar 18, 2016, 10:16 PM Mar 2016

The past 25 years have seen the largest reduction in global inequality in human history [View all]

http://elibrary.worldbank.org/doi/abs/10.1596/1813-9450-6259

For that matter this has been the first period of declining global inequality since the Industrial Revolution began.

Over this same period, global hunger has fallen by two fifths:

http://www.ifpri.org/publication/2014-global-hunger-index

Do you expect global inequality to continue on this trend, or do you expect this situation will begin reversing itself? (The fact that I'm posting this in GD-P reveals my hypothesis that I imagine your answer to this question is strongly correlated with your candidate choice.)
11 votes, 2 passes | Time left: Unlimited
I expect global inequality will continue to decrease for the foreseeable future
3 (27%)
I expect global inequality will be largely unchanged for the foreseeable future
0 (0%)
I expect global inequality will begin to increase at some point soon
0 (0%)
I believe any metric that shows global inequality to have decreased is hopelessly broken
8 (73%)
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The American Middle Class paid for it FreakinDJ Mar 2016 #1
Yes, the global rich saw some stagnation Recursion Mar 2016 #2
you can't reduce inequality hill2016 Mar 2016 #3
well, 3% or so Recursion Mar 2016 #5
Comparison of incomes across the global population is pretty meaningless. Ghost Dog Mar 2016 #26
Why do you think the OP chose this metric? JonLeibowitz Mar 2016 #27
IDK; why did Krugman? Recursion Mar 2016 #29
I mean, I'm fine with that blog post by Krugman, but my interpretation depends on your intention. JonLeibowitz Mar 2016 #31
That low point at the 80th percentile is still an 8% after-inflation gain Recursion Mar 2016 #33
I think you would get higher quality responses if you didn't frame it in the context of the JonLeibowitz Mar 2016 #34
Jose of Houston, Texas wrote on January 3, 2015 kristopher Mar 2016 #38
Half of the world has crossed the $2/day mark in the past generation Recursion Mar 2016 #28
Yes, and this is good, Ghost Dog Mar 2016 #30
The $2/day number is PPP Recursion Mar 2016 #32
So that's why the Clintons took Third Way international FreakinDJ Mar 2016 #13
Elderly ≥ 65 years old: 12-28 breaths per minute. cherokeeprogressive Mar 2016 #4
On that, can anybody who took the fourth option explain what they think a better metric would be? Recursion Mar 2016 #6
Since I was tempted to select the fourth option, see post #8. JonLeibowitz Mar 2016 #9
Isn't inequality reduction why Trump is doing so well? Dem2 Mar 2016 #7
I do think that's a large part of it Recursion Mar 2016 #10
Yes Dem2 Mar 2016 #14
Oh, definitely agreed Sanders's response is much better Recursion Mar 2016 #16
Yes, it is also the reason h is doing so well. nt artislife Mar 2016 #37
I select "Pass" -- I don't doubt that global inequality has decreased. However: JonLeibowitz Mar 2016 #8
sorry when you say you're not a citizen of the world hill2016 Mar 2016 #11
You know what I mean. JonLeibowitz Mar 2016 #15
You actually were using the word citizen correctly. Hill2016 was not. Bread and Circus Mar 2016 #19
Yep, thanks. And when has hill2016 ever said something rational? I have not seen it. JonLeibowitz Mar 2016 #22
Me either. Bread and Circus Mar 2016 #23
According to Merriam Webster, a "citizen" actually refers to a member of some sort of state Bread and Circus Mar 2016 #17
This is GD:Primaries for the United States Presidency. Not Mars, Venus, or Kazakhstan Bread and Circus Mar 2016 #18
Earth - Love It or Leave It !!1! Fozzledick Mar 2016 #20
That would be planet Qo'noS JonLeibowitz Mar 2016 #21
Damn Illegal Aliens!! Fozzledick Mar 2016 #24
The people of the United States don't have free health care or free college. Autumn Mar 2016 #25
Ok thanks, I will pass that on the next time I meet the President of the United States of the World Bread and Circus Mar 2016 #12
The interesting thing is, assuming these statistics to be true, is that in that same time, JDPriestly Mar 2016 #35
This article is an interesting counterpoint. white_wolf Mar 2016 #36
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