Is the level of violence in a country linked to inequality?

Graph: The Equality Trust, UK

This is an interesting area which should be explored. Check out the graph above published by the Equality Trust, UK.

According to the Equality Trust:

The link between inequality and homicide rates has been shown in as many as 40 studies, and the differences are large: there are five-fold differences in murder rates between different countries related to inequality. The most important reason why violence is more common in more unequal societies is that it is often triggered by people feeling looked down, disrespected and loss of face.

We have also found that inequality is related to the Global Peace Index and to children’s experiences of violence.

The ground-breaking book The Spirit Level by Kate Pickett and Richard Wilkinson points to greater social problems with rising inequality. It shows that “for each of eleven different health and social problems: physical health, mental health, drug abuse, education, imprisonment, obesity, social mobility, trust and community life, violence, teenage pregnancies, and child well-being, outcomes are significantly worse in more unequal rich countries.”

The Equality Trust points to other research (C-C Hsieh ; M D Pugh, 1993) which shows that “poverty and income inequality are each associated with violent crime. The analysis, however, shows considerable variation in the estimated size of the relationships and suggests that homicide and assault may be more closely associated with poverty or income inequality than are rape and robbery.”

The Equality Trust observes: “Rates of violence are higher in more unequal societies. This finding holds up in many different contexts, when looked at via different methodologies and after controlling for other determinants of crime such as low income, unemployment, and teen birth rates.”

Inequality in many countries is often the result of neoliberal economic policies over many years.

Of course, there may be other factors contributing to violence, including the socio-economic environment.

My own view is that perhaps in a materialistic, capitalistic environment, people end up being seen as consumers or commodities or cogs in the assembly line. In the process, they end up losing touch with what it means to be compassionate human beings or being dehumanised to the structural “violence’ that has created misery in many societies.

Leaders must also take a strong and consistent position against the use of violence or mob rule, no matter where it occurs.

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No tax at all!
Ask yourself…
Why pay tax?

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Khun Pana

There is not a definite answer.
Criminal minds are complex.
Some blame the education, upbringing, society,culture , movies.
While others blame religion , politics and even the internet!
Some are Non of the Above but rather simply having a sick mind.
Now, there is this highly informative documentary which i do recommend .
It covered a lot of grounds .



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Do you get 5% discount for purchasing your house?


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Moderate your expectations.
Live within your means.
Envy not those who have deep pockets.
Spend on needs, not wants.
Live simply.


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Spare the cane -> bullies flourish in schools.


definitely, it is related to poverty; it was thought that crime was confine of the poor but now most of the criminals come from upper echelon of the society; only one has to look at the daily press to know the seriousness of the crime. we must improve the lot of workers; how can one live on a meager pay of less 900 ringgit; minimum required is 3,000 rgt for a family of 4. the govt should look into this.

the govt is not interested in the case of poor workers.


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Rebecca Wilkinson

Here in Malaysia, ‘inequality’ is not limited to income, or the difference between rich & poor.


Rebecca may need to appreciate “bin chui” factor for self esteem.


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race-based quotas for tertiary education admission

government jobs & GLC jobs by highly skewed race-based quotas

petrol station business licenses which can only be a dream

bumi discounts for property purchases

saham-saham with ‘excellent’ interests i.e. not for non-bumis

There can never, ever be a Chinese, Indian, Serani or Bengali PM.
Talking about trust among Malaysians?

Pls add some more.
Note: there’s nothing bin-chui to talk about beyond survival against all odds.

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