What turns out to be really important is the nature of caring and sharing in society. And the best factor that really impacts that is the degree of inequality. Where societies are more unequal, people don’t look out for one another, they look out for themselves. Where societies are more equal—and economic equality is the thing that is most important in this—people look after each other, society looks after each other, and pretty well everyone does better.
There’s almost nothing that is better in a society that tolerates the extreme levels of inequality.”
Dr. Stephen Bezruchka, Senior Lecturer at the University of Washington’s School of Public Health, interviewed by Amy Goodman on Democracy Now! March 30, 2009.