WBEZ | income disparity http://www.wbez.org/tags/income-disparity Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Alfredo Sfeir Younis visits 'Occupy' movement and calls for societal change http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-12-20/alfredo-sfeir-younis-visits-occupy-movement-and-calls-societal-change-95 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2011-December/2011-12-19/alfredo.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Chilean economist <a href="http://silentpeacemeditation.com/about-alfredo/">Alfredo Sfeir Younis</a> spent more than 30 years at the World Bank. There he focused on the rights of indigenous peoples, poverty eradication and international trade. &nbsp;</p><p>Along the way he’s also became a Mayan priest.</p><p>These days Alfredo uses his &nbsp;<a href="http://silentpeacemeditation.com/">Zambuling Institute for Human Transformation</a> to combine spirituality and public policy issues.</p><p>Currently he’s on a tour of the U.S. After talking with a range of the “Occupy” movement protestors, Alfredo thinks we must challenge some fundamental values.</p><p>There's no doubt that after our current global economic strife, movements like <a href="http://occupywallst.org/">Occupy Wall Street</a>, the anti-austerity protests in Europe and the Arab Spring present a form of a pushback.</p><p>On this edition of Worldview, we spend the hour with Alfredo to talk about our changing times.</p></p> Tue, 20 Dec 2011 18:01:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-12-20/alfredo-sfeir-younis-visits-occupy-movement-and-calls-societal-change-95 Worldview 12.20.11 http://www.wbez.org/episode/worldview-122011 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/episode/images/2011-december/2011-12-16/alfredo1.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Chilean economist Alfredo Sfeir Younis spent more than 30 years at the World Bank tackling the rights of indigenous peoples, poverty eradication and international trade. Today, Alfredo leads a slightly different life: He's a Mayan priest and president of the <a href="http://silentpeacemeditation.com/" target="_blank">Zambuling Institute for Human Transformation</a>, an organization that works on the connections between spirituality and public policy. On his current tour of the U.S., he's meeting with "Occupy" protesters. Alfredo argues, in order for humanity to thrive, the world must challenge some fundamental ideas of how we order, value and measure our society.</p></p> Tue, 20 Dec 2011 15:00:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode/worldview-122011 Occupy and its adversaries need to find common ground, says rabbi http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-12-06/occupy-and-its-adversaries-need-find-common-ground-says-rabbi-94619 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2011-December/2011-12-05/occupy1.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>The Occupy movement has been a learning experience for everyone, including <a href="http://www.bradhirschfield.com/" target="_blank">Rabbi Brad Hirschfield</a>, president of the National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership and Beliefnet.com <a href="http://blog.beliefnet.com/windowsanddoors/" target="_blank">blogger</a>.</p><p>He gives his take on religious congregations' reaction to Occupy Wall Street.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Tue, 06 Dec 2011 18:20:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-12-06/occupy-and-its-adversaries-need-find-common-ground-says-rabbi-94619 Worldview 10.28.11 http://www.wbez.org/episode/worldview-102811 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/episode/images/2011-october/2011-10-28/ap111006073055.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>The new book <a href="http://www.the-american-interest.com/article.cfm?piece=1048" target="_blank"><em>Oligarchy</em></a> by Northwestern political economy professor Jeffrey Winters explores how society's rich, from ancient Rome to Indonesia, fought to preserve and increase their wealth. Although many Americans may balk at his terminology, Winters argues that the wealthiest Americans are not only oligarchic, but more powerful than their counterparts from any other period in U.S. history. He and Jerome McDonnell talk about how we got here and to what extent social movements like the “Occupy” protests can stop the concentration of wealth.</p></p> Fri, 28 Oct 2011 14:41:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode/worldview-102811 Bolivia festival hints at income disparity http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-10-17/bolivia-festival-hints-income-disparity-93197 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2011-October/2011-10-17/bolivia.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Today, socioeconomic polarization in the United States is more palpable than ever. Earlier this month, an iconic sign <a href="http://LINK%20http://www.wbez.org/blog/city-room-blog/2011-10-05/we-are-1-signs-flip-jab-occupy-chicago-movement-92865" target="_blank">popped up</a> in the windows of the Chicago Board of Trade with the words “We are the 1%.” The sign was a flib jab at Occupy Wall Street’s slogan “We are the 99%,” and outraged protesters around the country calling for more income equality.</p><p>But boasting about wealth isn’t just limited to the U.S. Bolivia is one of South America’s poorest nations. If you have wealth in Bolivia’s indigenous culture, it’s considered bad taste to flaunt it — that is, except at Fiesta del Gran Poder, “The Feast of Big Power.”</p><p>Sponsored by the wealthy, the fiesta is an opulent street party held each year right around summer solstice. Economists estimate that up to $40 million is spent each year on the merry-making. Annie Murphy from <a href="http://www.worldvisionreport.org/" target="_blank"><em>World Vision Report</em></a> takes us into this world of conspicuous consumption.</p><p>This story was provided to us by the <a href="http://www.prx.org/" target="_blank">Public Radio Exchange</a>.</p></p> Mon, 17 Oct 2011 18:03:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-10-17/bolivia-festival-hints-income-disparity-93197