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Written by Calvin Fox   
Wednesday, 27 November 2013 19:29

Here is a good explanation, or at least a plausible argument, why there is far more economic inequality in the Untied states than in Europe-

"The different models are inextricably linked to the respective histories of political institutions in Europe and the United States. European institutions evolved constantly over many centuries, while the U.S. maintains a Constitution that embodies late-eighteenth century values, privileging individual freedom and property rights. These values are dogma to the Supreme Court and the U.S. federal system, which ensures that tax and social policies are locally determined, making any national welfare initiatives politically inexpedient. Moreover, at least two factors undermined the effectiveness of the American labour movement and the progress of demands for a redistributive system. The geographical separation between political and industrial centers meant that a strike in Detroit never paralyzed Washington. And, in a country of migrants, different ethnic communities often competing with each other; cultural differences could harden over time, undermining any European-style calls for worker solidarity."

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/rabah-ghezali/welfare-and-the-states_b_4262202.html

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