Inequality, the facts

Wealth inequality 650

Look at the above graph and you can see how wealth inequality has tumbled down. This is largely down to the huge growth in the middle class and to punishing death duties on hereditary wealth enforced by envious class warfare Labour governments. In Britain today there are more people who are self employed or who are business managers than there are members of trade unions. Our economy is now based on knowledge, not on manual labour. We are all middle class now.

Equality 650

It is very important for anyone concerned about these social issues to understand that there are two completely different types of equality. Firstly there is equality of opportunity. This is the only decent, moral way to organise a society and it benefits everyone because the best people rise to the top. Equality of outcome, which many lefties want, is pure evil. It says that society should reward the lazy, stupid and feckless the same as we reward the hard working, the intelligent and the enterprising. Which is utterly immoral.Equality rich got richer 650

It is a fact that inequality is excellent to have in society. It means that people strive to have more for themselves and their families. More holidays, better restaurants, nicer clothes. The whole of society benefits from the results of all this striving. Socialists want all the good stuff too, but instead of striving for it they expect the government to give it to them, paid for by punishing the strivers. Lefties really occupy the moral low ground.

Wealth inequality #2 650

This next graph, above, shows how wealth inequality increased when Gordon Brown was Chancellor and then Prime Minister, it could be argued that this was because he didn’t know what he was doing, and there is a lot of evidence for this. But it is a fact and when socialists harp on about equality just ask them why they reduced it.

Tax uk by decile 650

Under George Osborne this has been reversed, he has sharply reduced inequality. Click here to see an FT article proving this. As you can see from the above graph only the rich actually pay any tax. In fact Osborne taxes the rich harder than any other Chancellor before. Click here to see a Spectator article about this. Click here to see an article from this blog about this. Osborne has massively reduced the tax that the poor pay, the personal tax allowance in 2009/10 was just £6,475 and by 2015/16 it is increased massively to £10,600. Not only that, the national minimum wage in 2009 was £5.80 an hour, Osborne’s National Living Wage, starts at £7.20 rising to £9 an hour by 2020. With minimal inflation and the prices of many essentials dropping this is a huge boost.

Conservative equality 650

Minimum wage 650

Gordon Brown used a number of methods to keep the poor people poor and to keep them under control. Firstly the National Minimum Wage, which he introduced in 1998, rapidly became the standard wage for great swathes of society which meant that very many people earned less and wage advancement became more difficult. Secondly Labour imported many hundreds of thousands of unskilled and poorly skilled workers from the 3rd world to compete for the available jobs, further deflating pay rates. Then, with socialist authoritarianism, Brown increased benefits to those he had made poorer, increasing his control over the population. Just more of the evil of socialism.

Envy 3 650

One thing the left continually complain about is “the rich”. This is just pure, undiluted, bitter envy, one of the seven deadly sins. Virtually all rich people are self made, they have achieved their wealth by hard work, enterprise, risk taking, investment and entrepreneurship. In making their wealth they have increased national economic activity which benefits everyone and, as we have seen already, they have paid lots of tax. If a person living down my street has a helicopter, a business jet, a swimming pool and a house in Barbados then good on him. He has all these things because he deserves them. And I have benefited from his achievements. It is a pity that the left are driven by class warfare, they want everyone to be poor, whereas the free market wants everyone to be rich. And inherited wealth is transient, 70% of wealthy families lose their wealth by the second generation, and a stunning 90% by the third.

Bill gates 650

One thing the left hate are the 1%. The people who have contributed so much to our lives that they have become super rich. We live in an age where this is possible to achieve within one person’s lifetime because we have global markets and information technology. An entrepreneur can reach 7 billion potential customers without moving from an attic in the Shetland Islands. And if you got all the worlds wealth and shared it equally it would be back in the hands of the super rich entrepreneurs within a few years. Let’s look at who some of these people are:

  • Carlos Slim. Studied civil engineering and economics before becoming a stock trader, living modestly and continuously reinvesting for more than 20 years. Time after time he bought undervalued, underperforming companies and made them successful. Then reinvested the proceeds. He invested in creating Mexico’s mobile phone network and then reinvested the proceeds from this. Has given vast amounts of money to charity, including more than $3bn to his Carlos Slim foundation. He is worth $69bn.
  • Bill Gates, son of a lawyer who dropped out of university to found Microsoft. Largely responsible for the home computer revolution with DOS, Windows, Office, Xbox and many other products, which have improved everyone’s lives. Made very many of his employees very rich. Giving away most of his wealth to charity. Worth $61bn.
  • Warren Buffet, son of a politician. Made his fortune by investing other people’s money for them very successfully whilst at the same time making very many businesses very successful. He lives modestly and frugally and is giving away 99% of his wealth to charity. Worth $44bn.
  • Bernard Arnault, son of the owner of a civil engineering company which he persuaded his father to liquidate. With the proceeds he invested in real estate and holiday accommodation. With the proceeds from this he bought into luxury goods manufacturers, into which he has reinvested and reinvested, turning many companies round and employing 90,000 people at LVMH, he is famous for his philanthropy and for collecting art. Worth $41bn.
  • Amancio Ortega, son of a railway worker, became a shirt maker. By hard work and continuous reinvestment built this into Zara. Lives very simply and has made jobs for nearly 100,000 people. Worth $37.5bn.
  • Larry Ellison, born to a single mother he was given up for adoption. Dropped out of university and in 1977 founded Software Development Laboratories (SDL) with two partners and an investment of $2,000, $1,200 of which was his. This became Oracle, which with hard work and continuous reinvestment grew to employ more than 135,000 people and provides the technology that much of the internet works on. He has given vast sums to charity since the early 1990s and has signed The Giving Pledge (as have more than 140 of the world’s richest people) to give 95% of his wealth to charity. He is worth $36bn.
  • Eike Batista, son of a politician, worked as a door to door insurance salesman then, at 23 years old, he started a gold trading firm Autram Aurem. With continuous reinvestment, hard work and innovation he rode the world commodity boom with a cluster of huge companies. Then this wealth shrunk by more than 100% between March 2012 and January 2014, from a peak net worth of $32 billion to a negative net worth when one of his investments, OGX, went wrong. The other huge companies he built are still providing vast numbers of jobs and materials for the world economy.

As you can see virtually all the wealth of the world’s richest people is made by themselves. Anyone can do it. They have created huge numbers of jobs and brought goods and services, in the free market, to billions of people, improving the quality of their lives. Altruism, philanthropy and charity is the main way that these billionaires use the wealth that they have created. Yet the lefties hate them.

Further reading (click highlighted text to open article):

When I was young. How everyone in our society has become massively better off because of the workings of the free market.

Wealth trickle down is fantastic. Absolute proof that the more rich people we have the better off poor people become.

How to bring true equality to Great Britain. Not the answer you are expecting!

Hong Kong Vs Cuba. Capitalism Vs Socialism. Proof positive that socialism brings immense harm whilst the free market brings the most benefit.

The two greatest economist of the last century. The ideas that have made everyone on earth more prosperous.

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11 Comments


  1. The top graph was stupid for you to use Bruce. It shows inequality falling rapidly under the period of the Post-War consensus and stopping during the time of Thatcher and Major. It also shows great rise inequality under Reagan who employed many economic policies which you endorse.
    The other graph also shows inequality starting to rise under Thatcher, admittedly continued under New Labour but it still shows great falls under the post-war consensus.

    In short you just showed Neoliberal economics helps to increase inequality or at least fails to reduce it effectively.

    Also the best way to improve quality of life is through science and innovation, as long as its benefits serve all of society, not just increasing profits, as better technology makes services and goods cheaper and more available. This can be seen again and again throughout history and is a way to help create a society in which everyone can prosper, regardless of skill. Furthermore does not require the free market to succeed and public investment works better and collectivized ownership can help reward all in society not just a few.

    As well, I would like to make a point about effort and reward. Personally, I have had a good life and encountered few problems mainly because I was well equipped. I am intelligent and as a result have put in little effort and still rewarded hugely through innate skills where others who have tried much harder have ultimately failed. Therefore I think the notion capitalism always favours those who try hard must be challenged as through virtue of luck I was born smart and did well and for many the current system has a glass ceiling and equality of opportunity is impossible so equality of outcome must be adjusted to better suit what people truly deserve for their efforts.

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    1. Kim_John_Un

      You make a mistake. You think inequality is a bad thing. It isn’t.
      Collectivised ownership is so inefficient that it requires monopoly. It doesn’t have to look after customers, so it doesn’t. It doesn’t have to make a profit, so it doesn’t. Socialism has been proven always to fail. Only the free market makes the most efficient use of resources, looks after customers and generates wealth for all.

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      1. Bruce you make many mistakes. First, that I am Socialist. But I guess to a thatcherite a liberal democrat is a socialist. Anyway inequality is bad thibg or you wouldn’t have spent half a post saying why it fell under the conservatives but not labour, even though larger and more reliable trends within history so it is better under more centre left governments. Collectivisation, I guess I didn’t make clear, shouldn’t be apllied to all industries but it is far less likely to cause a monopoly compared to a free market. I suggest reading some of Kalecki’s work. Also if collectively owned an industry doesn’t need to out customers first but wants as it is ran by the customers. Also if the free market worked as perfectly as you suggest then there would not be the inequality, poverty and unscrupulous corprotations that quite clearly do. Unfortunately, I know I won’t be able to convince you with the truth because as Nietzsche says ‘ some don’t want to accept the truth because they don’t want their illusions shattered.’ Also I want suggest looking at that triangle of reply you use for your response was weak and filled with clichés that clearly indicates a person with an immovable ideological dogma that stifles that intellectual thought and leads to cognitive dissonance. Goodbye and have a good night Bruce.
        P.S. I noticed you ignored half of my post whether you didn’t understand or it challenged your preconceived notions so profoundly that you didn’t realise it could true betrays your intellectual stubbornness and immaturity.

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        1. Kim_John_Un

          Liberal democrats are lefties, just less extreme. Their party was formed from the SDP, which in turn was formed from Labour.
          Also you polarise politics into left and right, which are both authoritarian. I am neither, being a libertarian.
          Have you never asked yourself why collectives all over the world fail. The only successful form is the joint stock company, which is the backbone of capitalism.
          Capitalism has massively reduced poverty in the world. It is the main force to do so. Collectivism is massively inefficient and so increases poverty.
          Just look at how useless farming was in the old Soviet Union and Eastern Europe. Once privatised it became massively more successful.

          I notice that a lot of you diatribe was attacking me personally and not addressing the facts.
          I find that this is typical of the left.

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          1. Bruce, once again you made some mistakes.

            1. You confuse statism and collectivism.

            2. Another point I made was better technology is the greatest factor in improving quality of life which can progress under other systems than capitalism.

            3. Also I know about right wing libertarianism but it has many fundamental flaws such as unrealsitic analysis of the economic drive and capability of the individual, the blind faith in the free market and the ignorance it has to the flow of power to fewer people eventually causing tyranny. This also happens in communism which is why I’m not a communist. I could spend linger slowly talking you through the other failings of libertarianism but I have better things to do.

            4. My attacks on your character came from anaylsying your intellectual thought from what you write to show how generally weak and clichéd your arguments are. Also don’t pretend you don’t do the same with such brilliant phrases like leftards.

            5. Also soviet Russia had incredibly a high industrial economy and growth rate. The only problem was the people suffered which is why I am a fierce opponent of Leninism and stalinism. But the current system is also not perfect and more should be done to help people in the cases were the free market fails.

            6. Finally, you paint the left with a vey broad stroke showing lack of awareness of its different factions and their views, suggesting you do not understand its arguments and as a result resort to unhinged McCarthyism. I find this is typical of the right.


          2. Kim,
            1) No confusion.
            2) Not true. EVERYTHING works better with capitalism.
            3) Libertarianism is not right wing. Go and read.
            4) Very weak. In fact you just did it again. Being rude and abusive proves that you have no argument.
            5) CCCP became industrialised by copying capitalist advances.
            6) Back to being rude and abusive.


          3. 1. Yes there is confusion or at least what you write suggests a lack of understanding. I suggest reading up on it.
            2. Not everything works better under capitalism. This blind faith in the free market, despite facts, is the bane of libertarianism.
            3. Libertarianism is not right wing in of itself. However what you espouse is the econonmically right wing of libertarianism so the assessment of right wing libertarianism is fair just as Noam Chomsky is a left wing libertarian. Also you ignored the points I made about libertarianism to make a weak and irrelevant point of categorising your views.
            4. Once again you only provided weak arguments against me. You also deny you employ similar tactics elsewhere and you are clearly only complaining now as you can only provide weak arguments against me and are a hypocrite whereas I at least recognise I do it.
            5. Under state control. It also caused suffering like capitalism does. Collectivisation is the other option.
            6. Back to evading valid points about how you do not provide actual arguments. Also saying you don’t understand something is not offensive, though I have been unduly critical of your intelligence at points.


          4. Also I note you are now moderating my comments like the great free speech advocate you are.


          5. Kim,

            I approve every one of your comments with zero editing.
            So you obviously are suffering some sort of delusion.


  2. The problem the world has is there is no equal opportunity.

    That is the source of most of the worlds unrest.

    Find a way of giving equal opportunity and you’ve found a way for humanity to make progress.

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