Lets Talk about #Inequality – The Core Tool of Oppression

As a tutor of Inequality issues, if there one thing I’ve learnt over the years (In)Equalities is one of the topics that impacts on every Policy, everyone, everyday. If this sounds improbable it’s possibly because Equality is generally only attached to Human Resources in employment, Finance in Politics and rarely in schools and at home; however I would argue Equalities should be at the core of everything we learn, say and do.

I write this from the presumption that everyone suffers from Inequality in some way, whether that be via the labelling resulting from the ‘isms’, from one of the countless strands of financial inequality, or even from the (lack of) capacity for empathy.  This supposition is one that often causes conflict, with many people unable to recognise how, those in the 1% group controlling the worlds wealth, can experience inequality. My counter is, without experiencing or recognising the lifestyle of others, we lose compassion, and without this we cannot adapt our opinions, nor access the tools we need to positively challenge inequalities.

I fully understand the difficulties in this, as a blogger I usually write about current issues experienced by disabled people as a result of Welfare Reform and I use the blogging experience as a way of sounding off; thus I rarely write from the position I’m advocating today. However there is a vast difference between passing on tales of discriminatory polices and making a constructive argument for change, hence my option to use today, as my professional contribution to discuss what I consider to be, the greatest challenge the majority of us face today.

In order for regular people to be in a position to make a real difference, we need to collectively influence current Politics; and we can only do this if the majority of us make the same argument to our Politicians. Imagine if you will, every candidate for MP next year meeting/receiving communications on a daily basis, from numerous constituents; all offering similar constructive reasons why the Austerity measures don’t work and comparable equitable cases for the way forward.  Would they then be so keen to ignore their voters, particularly as then they would be subject to Recall?

This is the process required to champion for Equalities across the board, people naturally fear what we don’t understand, and fear is the greatest reason for attitudes of inequality. It is this lack of understanding and knowledge that allows the likes of UKIP spread untrue statistics around immigration, it underpins the rhetoric for scrounger agenda driven by the Tories for Welfare Reform and it is fear of big business owners, the 1% that results in yesterdays announcements that the UK is the only  country in the G7 where inequality has grown!

Trends in inequality

The majority of us irrespective of personal differences are scraping by, whilst the 1% are accumulating more wealth than the can ever use; this if nothing else ought to be enough for us for us to recognise where the real Inequality lies?

History has taught us that knowledge and learning is the key to challenging Inequality, and when we do we are in a position of power;  I consider  it is a fear of this power of majority, that drives the 1% to insist upon the continuation of Unequal Policies and Laws, Inequality is the core tool of oppression. Perhaps when we agree precisely who, benefits from Inequality, we will be ready to demonstrate our desire for Equity in all areas? And remember what the people demand is often what the people get

 

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23 thoughts on “Lets Talk about #Inequality – The Core Tool of Oppression

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  2. Perhaps the fact that the first thing this government did was to remove the legal requirement that all proposed legislation was subject to equality impact analysis is worth a mention? Whilst it had been mostly seen as an adjunct of the various laws on discrimination, the removal of this analysis was the harbinger for the attack on the poor as a vehicle for the redistribution of wealth upwards.

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  4. I feel inequality in my life on a daily basis – I am disabled and worth £2 per hour if one of the 1% could get away with it. I am on benefits and am seen as a scrounger by people who don’t even know the first thing about me – to others the benefit is all they can see and hear. I use a wheelchair so people look down on me and ask my husband how I’m doing instead of me!
    I know I can never be equal to so many, but I’m me and I count, no matter what others think about me.
    In some ways inequality is good – I would hate to be one of the 1% or one of those who cannot see me as a person instead of a benefit/waste.

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  6. “True compassion is not just an emotional response but a firm commitment founded on reason.”
    – Dalai Lama, The Compassionate Life.

    I think your post echoes this quote from the Dalai Lama in many ways Jayne. I believe compassion for every living being on this earth should be a guiding principle for everyone, as one of the main keys with which to unlock inequality and poverty.

    I was going to write a longer answer, but you’ve inspired me to save that for my own blog! Before I dash off to begin composing that, here’s something I’d like to add here:

    Recall is a great idea. Here’s another, one that we can all do individually and collectively with a bit of effort. If these political proponents of inequality are being driven or sponsored by private businesses/corporations to come up with these schemes BOYCOTT them, online and offline. Imagine the results if a sizable community of us did that? My suggestion is start with the Beneficiaries of IDS’ suggested Benefit Card scheme.

    Thanks as always for inspiration Jayne. xxx

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  7. Yes, and particular policies which embed or extend inequality could very well be shown as highly destructive, if not criminal, in future, as well.

    Tory policies which kowtow to the prejudices of their funders or thinktanks may soon be seen as implementing a type of “epigenetic cleansing”. It might even become possible to challenge, in some European/UN court of justice, their determined implementation of such dogma.

    Notes..

    The formative impact of the environment upon the organism has the potential to carry over into inheritance and even the transformation of species: http://persagen.com/docs/BBC_Horizon_Ghost_Genes_Transcript.htm

    Lamarck could extend Darwin: early stress has been identified as able to be inherited among acquired characteristics: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=toRIkRa1fYU

    Children’s social circumstances can alter estrogen receptors in the brain, affect their later behaviour and, if not addressed effectively, even that of their own children and grandchildren: http://news.columbia.edu/record/1497

    The inheritance of the effects of early stress. Up to 70 percent of abusive parents were themselves abused, and 20 to 30 percent of abused infants will likely abuse their own kids: http://news.columbia.edu/record/1497

    The tragedy could be that the Tories via their policies are effectively using Lamarck to trump Darwin, because genes “listen” to early environment stress. Increasing economic disparity can create immense financial stress on parents and this can seriously affect their children, last a lifetime and even be inherited by their grandchildren – representing potential detriment to society & its future: http://www.theglobeandmail.com/technology/science/brain/how-poverty-influences-a-childs-brain-development/article7882957

    Directing resources toward the social and cognitive health of young minds can help to counter the long-term costs of economic disparity: http://www.theglobeandmail.com/technology/science/brain/how-poverty-influences-a-childs-brain-development/article7882957

    Poverty is not in itself an index of future failure. Rather it is the unfiltered exposure to the stress and upheaval associated with it. If an adult acts as a buffer, offering love, support and emotional investment, children are much less affected by the socio-economic conditions in which they live: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/books/bookreviews/9781374/How-Children-Succeed-by-Paul-Tough-review.html

    Other possible lessons: measures to prevent childhood obesity should be targeted on improving a mother’s nutrition and her baby’s development in the womb: http://www.southampton.ac.uk/mediacentre/news/2012/mar/12_45.shtml

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