The Peace Party is all too aware that, to get and then maintain, a peaceful community, country, continent and world there must be an “Equitable Distribution of Resources” *. Jeff Sparrow, in his Guardian article “By every meaningful measure, today’s elites are gods. This should make us angry” (Thursday, 21st January, 2016 **), has now drawn to our attention the recent OXFAM report on inequality in the global economy, a document that reveals that 62 individuals now control more wealth than the bottom half of the planet’s population.
And we know that that gap is growing year by year even though there have recently been some relatively good years, economically speaking. As Sparrow says in his article, “If the poor missed out during the boom, what do you suppose is about to happen to them during the coming slump?” The Peace Party realises that it is vital to promote its policies on equality, on massively reversing the trends identified by OXFAM, if peace and well-being is not to suffer in the years ahead.
Sparrow concludes his article, “In an era such as ours, it’s easy for progressives to develop a protective layer of cynicism, an ironic detachment predicated on the conviction that nothing can actually be changed. But we can’t afford that now. It’s way past time to rediscover some anger.” The Peace Party has always aimed to channel that sort of anger into positive peace.
* One of the eight “Positive Peace Factors” identified by the Institute for Economics and Peace in its Positive Peace Report 2015