QUAKERS AGAINST INEQUALITY
This site is dedicated to informing and making the reader aware of the vast inequity and unfairness that exists in our economic system in America today. Clearly the system is rigged against the average man and woman and in particular it victimizes the poor. Most importantly, it threatens our very democracy. This country was founded on a balanced economic system very much like that spelled out by Adam Smith in the eighteenth century, with whose writings our founders were very familiar and essentially in agreement. To work as they intended it to required a strong middle class – a middle class whose position in the economy has been so systematically and intentionally eroded over the past four decades that, if it continues, will have lost all political power. Furthermore, this site intends to operate as an exchange of information on this subject of economic inequality. Readers are invited to submit contributions to this discourse to our editor, who will determine the suitability of featuring it on our blog site. We have decided to feature all writings under one of four headings:
The Very Rich – articles explaining the enormous disparity in wealth of the top 1% in income in this country, about their excessive life styles, their unusual work ethic and surprising acts of generosity.
The Poor – the obverse side of this incredible wealth is the appalling poverty it imposes on an unfortunate segment of our population and who, being defenseless, are taken advantage of, preyed upon and frequently robbed of their vote.
What Can Be Done About This – it has not always been like this; there were former times when the difference in wealth between rich and poor were tolerable, where opportunity existed for every man and woman to better him/herself. How we can return to that state is the topic of this discussion?
Why Quakers Are Well Suited to Reverse This Trend – the long Quaker tradition of being honest and fair businessmen and merchants, their willingness to stand in opposition to insurmountable social injustices and to undertake seemingly impossible social reforms such as the abolition of slavery.