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  • Working Notes Issue 75

    This issue of Working Notes looks at inequality – a  subject which has been the focus of increasing attention in the last few years, from sources as diverse as the Occupy movement and the OECD. The slogan of the former, ‘We are the 99%’, reflects the extreme concentration of wealth and incomes in the top 1% of the population in developed countries. Meanwhile, the latter acknowledges that: ‘Income inequality in OECD countries is at its highest level for the past half century. The average income of the richest 10% of the population is about nine times that of the poorest 10% across the OECD, up from seven times 25 years ago’. (www.oecd.org; emphasis in the original)

    Included in this issue of Working Notes is an interview with Thomas Piketty, who, in his best-selling book, Capital in the Twenty-First Century, argues that the main driver of inequality is the tendency for the return on capital to exceed the rate of economic growth.

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    ‘I see no evidence that this government is serious about solving the homelessness crisis’ says Homeless Campaigner, Fr Peter McVerry

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  • drug policy picturePeter McVerry SJ discusses drug decriminalisation in the Irish Times

    Writing a series of five opinion pieces for the Irish Times, McVerry, in his latest article, discusses why he believes drugs should be decriminalised. He argues that the ‘war on drugs’ has failed wider society and the person dependent on drugs.

    The cost to the individual when their substance misuse is treated with punishment, and the woefully inadequate number of treatment facilities in the country.

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  • mcverry 400x307Peter McVerry SJ, as a part of a five part series, has written an opinion piece in the Irish Times entitled 'Power and privilege: how the wealthy, church and global capitalism hold sway'. In it he argues that "To try to understand poverty, the poor have been analysed to death. Volumes have been written on their backgrounds, education and every minute detail of their lives. But to understand poverty, we have to analyse wealth."

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