I asked a man in prison once how he happened to be there and he said he had stolen a pair of shoes. I told him if he had stolen a railroad he would be a United States senator.
–Mary Harris Jones (“Mother Jones”)
U.S. labor and community organizer, speech at Coney Island, 1903
Since 2015 the richest 1% has owned more wealth than the rest of the planet. Eight men now own the same amount of wealth as the poorest half of the world. In Ireland the richest 10% have half of the wealth and 29% of people experience deprivation.
In the western world for years there was an expectation that you would do better than your parents in terms of income and having a good job but this is no longer the case. The current liberal market economic system is not working for the majority of people across the world.
So why do we tolerate this system? One reason may be that we believe that there are no alternatives, that this is the way things have always been and that there is some immutable law (as opposed to man-made choices ) that there will always be rich and poor and we will always live in an unequal world.
Over 4 Tuesdays through April/May Sicap organised Workshops to look at Economic Inequality.
With the help of expert speakers Niall Crowley, John Baker and Mary Murphy these workshops allowed us to learn, and explore with a view to engaging with these social and economic alternatives. At the conclusion of the programme there was general agreement amongst the participants that there are alternatives visions and policies which need to be promoted and explored further.
With that in mind the group has decided to progress the work in the autumn (Dates to be advertised).
If you are interested in getting involved or have any queries please contact–firstname.lastname@example.org