Income Inequality in the United States
This graph shows national levels of income inequality, versus national wealth:
The GINI index of income inequality is the vertical axis. Higher nations are more unequal. Gross domestic product per capita is the horizontal axis. Wealthier nations are to the right.
In the less wealthy nations, to the left on the graph, inequality can be of any sort, high, low or middle.
In the wealthier nations, to the right on the graph, inequality is low. Except for the United States and Singapore.
The United States, by policy, is doing something very wrong, to get its high inequality. It's not that we don't do anything to bring our level down. It's that government policy supports and drives concentration of wealth.
Income inequality is a central issue of our time. Income Inequality Kos will bring you all the best diaries about income inequality, in an easy to follow place.
Primary Group Function
Income Inequality Kos works pretty simple. The group is built around:
- Publishing, of diaries about income inequality, by group members.
- Republishing, of other people's diaries about income inequality, whenever they are posted.
- A little bit of Group Messaging, to keep the group organized.
Other Group Functions
DK4 allows collaborative drafting and writing of diaries. We'll put together some reference diaries, for our own use in diary writing, and as generally helpful material.
- A graphics library diary.
Income inequality diaries can use a lot of graphs. Some of these we reuse often. It would be nice to have graphs collected together in one place, to save the trouble of hunting around for them every time you want to use one.
- A reference diary, outlining academic papers, media articles, and blog posts about the subject.
We can consider the question of a weekly or other regular group diary. If a regular gathering is wanted, it might be something like a weekly wrapup diary, listing what has been posted, and serving as a place for general discussion.
Group Permissions Model
You need to be at least BlogEditor to publish or republish diaries, for a group. You also need to be Editor to see all group messages.
Group Member can put diaries on the group queue, but can't get them out.
Because Income Inequality Kos is built around publishing (by anyone in the group that wants to), republishing (by anyone in the group that wants to), and a little bit of group messaging glue, a BlogEditor role is pretty much necessary for contributing to how the group works.
Everyone is now BlogAdmin in Income Inequality Kos. This permissions model is different than what many groups do. The role is just a matter of administrative convenience. BlogAdmin is so group members can send out invites to others, if they wish. The role doesn't come with any responsibilities beyond that.
Who Would Want to be a Member of the Group?
- Diarists who write about income inequality, concentration of wealth, and related issues.
- Readers of income inequality diaries, who are willing to republish the diaries for the group from time to time. See Republishing for Groups for a guide on how republishing works.
The level of commitment and effort for being in the group is intended to be light, but steady. When you see a good diary about income inequality, republish it.
Who Would Want to Follow the Group?
Everyone. Pretty much everyone at Daily Kos should want to follow the group.
Income inequality is a central political and social issue of our time. Many of the best Daily Kos writers have some focus on it. Awareness of the issue is growing.
We are only five days into DK4. And check out our blog view, already.