You’ve insisted that billionaires should not exist, full stop, while defending your status as a millionaire by pointing out that you wrote a best-selling book. If anyone else does the same, you say, then they too could become a millionaire who owns three houses. Of course, if anyone writes code for a computer operating system that’s adopted as widely as the one Bill Gates developed, or creates a social network that is joined by as many people as the one Mark Zuckerberg created, or writes and performs 14 No. 1 hip-hop albums like Jay-Z, and then invests the profits, they too could be a billionaire. Why is that different?
The British press says sexist and racist patients could be barred from nonemergency care at the National Health Service. “Currently, staff can refuse to treat non-critical patients who are verbally aggressive or physically violent,” Sky News reported. “But these protections will extend to any harassment, bullying or discrimination, including homophobic, sexist or racist remarks.” Some believe that reform is necessary to guarantee just working conditions for NHS employees; others say doctors and nurses have a duty to treat everyone, even racists and sexists, as long as they pose no physical threat. What do you think?
Would you rather reduce income inequality without any rise in working-class living standards or increase working-class living standards without any fall in income inequality?