Prologue 1. Inequality: An Introduction 2. Class Inequality and the Inequality of Political and Social Power 3. Inequality Based on Gender, "Race," Nationalism and Religion 4. Big Business and Inequality 5. Today's Inequality as Worsened by Consumerism and the Media, 6. Globalization: Unintended Consequences, Inc. 7. Financialization: Las Vegas, Inc. 8. Militarism and Inequality 9. Inequality's Consequences for its Victims and its Victimizers regarding: Poverty and Health Care 10. Inequality's Consequences for its Victims and its Victimizers regarding Education, Housing and the Homeless, Nutrition and Hunger, Opportunity, Dignity, Morale, and Family life 11. Inequality's Interacting Consequences for the Economy, Democracy, and Social Decency 12. Comparisons of Inequality and its treatment between the U.S.A. and Western Europe Epilogue Bibliography Index
Douglas Dowd is a widely respected academic and political activist. He has taught at Cornell University, Johns Hopkins University, University of California, Berkeley, and San Jose State University, among others. His most recent books include Against the Conventional Wisdom: A Primer for Current Economic Controversies and Proposals (Westview, 1997) and Understanding Capitalism (Pluto Press, 2002).
'Offers readers a reliable, clear-headed and compassionate analysis of the current global economic crisis' -- Marilyn B. Young, Professor of History, New York University and co-editor of Bombing Civilians: A 20th Century History. 'There's no person alive that I've learned more from than Doug Dowd' -- Daniel Ellsberg, author of "Secrets: A Memoir of Vietnam and the Pentagon Papers." 'Douglas Dowd is our most reliable economic historian, and in this book he skilfully weaves together the current economic crisis, the globalisation factor, and the persistence of equality to come up with a penetrating analysis of where we are today. The book is full of useful, often startling information. It is an ideal antidote to the nonsense we get from the so-called experts' -- Howard Zinn