Fri Feb 19th, 2010 at 09:18:13 PM EST
A book review well worth reading by Nicolas Baumard:
Better live in Sweden than in the US: Why More Equal Societies Almost Always Do Better
In a quite fascinating book, The Spirit Level: Why More Equal Societies Almost Always do Better, epidemiologists Richard Wilkinson and Kate Pickett demonstrate that more unequal societies are bad for almost everyone - the well-off as well as the poor.
The differences revealed, even between rich market democracies, are striking. Almost every modern social and environmental problem - ill-health, lack of community life, violence, drugs, obesity, mental illness, long working hours, big prison populations - is more likely to occur in a less equal society.