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Former US Labour Secretary deplores income gap

Robert Reich, who was US Labour Secretary under President Bill Clinton, thinks the growing income gap is unhealthy for society. Market forces are increasing the income gap, but the market is a creation of public policy, he adds in his foreword to the book, The Spirit Level: Why Greater Equality Makes Societies Stronger.

Agreeing with the book’s British authors, Richard Wilkinson and Kate Pickett, he says in the foreword:

But if wide inequality is socially dysfunctional, then why are certain countries, such as the United States, becoming so unequal? Largely because of the increasing gains to be had by being just a bit better than other competitors in a system becoming ever more competitive.

Reich, professor of public policy at the University of California, Berkeley, shows the effect of globalization without using the word. He writes: