In the News (Common Dreams): “On a continent that is home to some of the world’s richest people, most profitable businesses, and most valuable assets—including 342 billionaires—more than 120 million people are at risk of poverty, exemplifying the ‘unacceptable’ levels of inequality sweeping Europe in 2015.
“That’s according to Oxfam, whose new report, A Europe for the Few, Not the Many, warns that the excessive influence of wealthy individuals, corporations, and interest groups on policy-making is exacerbating poverty and inequality across the continent. …
“Meanwhile, between 2009 and 2013, the number of Europeans living without enough money to heat their homes or cope with unforeseen expenses, a state known as ‘severe material deprivation,’ rose by 7.5 million to 50 million people. These are among the 123 million people—almost a quarter of the European Union’s population—at risk of living in poverty. …
“Poverty in the EU is not an issue of scarcity during the crisis, but a problem of how wealth is distributed,” said Isabel Ortiz, director of social protection at the United Nations International Labour Organization (ILO), in her introduction to the Oxfam report.”
(VestiFinance): “Faced with growing inequalities and unemployment above 10%, Europe plans to introduce a single base income, which guarantees to all people, regardless of work, the ability to meet basic needs, says Christopher Dembik. …
“In 2016, France will also address the issue of providing basic income throughout the population and limiting the maximum wage to cope with inequality and to achieve more balanced growth.
“In a more egalitarian society with other values, the demand for luxury goods fell sharply. Consumers now choose mass produced products and high technology. The fall in demand in Europe and the economic slowdown in developing countries, particularly in China, led to a collapse in the luxury segment.”
My Comment: Gradually, the uniform provision of the basic necessities to the entire population is emerging, as Baal HaSulam wrote about in the beginning of the last century.
He was criticized for saying this and accused of being a communist. But today, all of Europe is beginning to introduce a system of providing the population with necessities. It could be that even without a great war, but through a continuation of the crisis, people will become wiser and life will force us to redesign society and ourselves.