How Inequality Hollows Out the Soul | By Richard Wilkinson and Kate Pickett

How Inequality Hollows Out the Soul | By Richard Wilkinson and Kate Pickett

One of the well-known costs of inequality is that people withdraw from community life and are less likely to feel that they can trust others. This is partly a reflection of the way status anxiety makes us all more worried about how we are valued by others. Now that we can compare robust data for different countries, we can see not only what we knew intuitively — that inequality is divisive and socially corrosive — but that it also damages the individual psyche. [Opinionator]

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