Disparity of wealth largest problem for 21st Century

November 27th, 2018 by Ken

Disparity of wealth between the rich and the poor has always been with us since the beginning of civilization.  For various reasons, some people have more money, goods and influence than other people.

The same holds true for countries.  Some countries are richer than other countries.  Along with that richness, often comes some form of democratic institutions, although some rich countries are not democratic; China for example.

Into the 20th Century, it was assumed that we have rich countries and poor countries. Poor countries looked to rich countries for  economic and development help, which sometimes took the form of military help.

Poor countries often saw out-migration of its populace in search of a better life as a fact of life.

With the beginning of the 21st Century, the number of people seeking economic improvement in their lives has increased substantially.  That’s due to instantaneous communication and world-wide connection to the internet.

Previously, people in poor countries knew they were poor, they just didn’t have anything to compare their poverty to. Now, the disparity of wealth is no further away than the computer in their school room and in many cases to the cell phone in their hand.  They can now see just how poor they are compared to what they’re seeing.

And, they don’t like it.  The wealth of other countries and the poverty of their country just doesn’t seem fair.

So, they leave, sometimes risking their lives, for a better future in a richer country, where even the poor seem rich.

But, it isn’t only poverty.  It’s war, it’s government corruption and it’s crime. It’s dysfunctional government.   Adding to the woes is climate change which has caused droughts and storms and  placed their former subsistence living at the very end of the life scale.

It isn’t only the United States which is facing tens of thousands of refugees from Central America.  Europe is facing a similar problem.  Refugees from Africa, from drought-affected areas are looking for a better life.   More than a million survivors fleeing war in the Middle East have already settled in Germany while millions of others are pounding on the door of Greece, France and Italy demanding to be let in.

This is going to be the biggest problem facing rich countries in the 21st Century.  What to do about refugees seeking a better life.

President  Donald Trump, in his own way, has seen the future.  His solution is to build a wall and keep them all out.   Others want them all let in.  Germany is having its own problems today accommodating those million refugees.  Some want to invest money in their home countries with the goal of making life easier so the people want to stay home

Whatever the solution – or solutions –  government is going to have to make a decision on what to do.  This will be a problem for the next hundred years and will only get worse as time goes on.

Our leaders in the 21st Century will have to find an answer.

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