The Cost of Inequality: Three Decades of the Super-Rich and the Economy by Stewart Lansley
Conspicuous economic inequality has supplied the impetus behind radical religious and social reform movements at least since Jesus of Nazareth preached of rich men, camels and needles and kicked over the money-lenders' tables. In the English civil war the Diggers and Levellers fought to construct an egalitarian society, while égalité was one prong of the ideological trident which brought down the French monarchy and the Bastille. In more recent times Richard Wilkinson and Kate Pickett (in "The Spirit Level"), and the late Tony Judt have written powerfully on the deleterious effects of inequality on the fabric of society, included increased crime and mental illness. All these critics of inequality share to greater or lesser degrees a moral condemnation of inequality, as sinful, or harmful to the happiness of the individual and society as a whole.