The richest 1% now have more wealth than the rest of the world combined. The fight against poverty will not be won until the inequality crisis is tackled.
There are several write ups online that explain that Oxfam’s methodology is garbage – and appears to have been designed to produce a specific outcome. In other words, it’s annual report is propaganda messaging disseminated by a mindless media.
Read some of these critiques to understand why the Oxfam report has become mostly nonsensical gibberish.
- Oxfam’s claims on inequality are misleading
- Oxfam’s misleading inequality numbers – they pull this PR stunt every year
- What Oxfam’s misleading stat gets wrong about inequality
- We’ve already solved Oxfam’s little inequality problem
To illustrate, due to their methodology, many university graduates in the U.S. are labeled among the poorest people in the world, even if they own a car, live in a nice apartment with air conditioning, have a smart phone, cable TV and high speed Internet – and a high paying job.
Peculiarly, their report indicates there are comparatively few poor people in China. All clues that the Oxfam inequality report is a propaganda exercise – they just hoped no one would read past the headline.
This report uses the method of “Appeal to Authority” (Oxfam comes across as an authority). Numerous organizations, often non-profit, with names such as “Center for…”, “Institute of …” or just using their own name (Oxfam) issue reports that are not even particularly hiding that they are the basis for a propaganda messaging operation. Media outlets quickly pick up these stories and spread them far and wide, influencing much of the population. Few of the targets will ever learn that the “study” was bogus and designed to produce a specific outcome for citation by propaganda messaging.