Yves Smith, author of Econned, has published Schama: Are the Guillotines Being Sharpened? today (Saturday, May 22, 2010) on her economics blog. The article offers a summary of a Simon Schama piece that appeared in the Financial Times along with her comments thereon. Schama, a British historian and creator of the famed BBC series A History of Britain, warns that popular tempers are flaring in the western democracies as a result of the recent and ongoing financial crisis. I strongly recommend that anyone with even a passing interest read Yves’ full article.
Also, Yves points to a PDF file containing a series of absolutely fascinating slides used by Kate Pickett, Senior lecturer at the University of York during the April INET conference. Yves reproduces one of these (a scatter chart) entitled Health and Social Problems are Worse in More Unequal Countries. This is well worth examining, as are many of the other charts in the original PDF.