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  • Kipling on Income Inequality, Continued

    Posted by David Foster on December 23rd, 2013 (All posts by )

    A couple of weeks ago, Chicago Girl Margaret excerpted a little-known poem by Kipling…the poem’s context being a proposal (circa 1890) by the new German Kaiser for an expanded social-welfare system, ideally to encompass other European countries in addition to Germany and to limit “destructive competition” in industry. The poem seemed relevant to Stuart Schneiderman’s post this morning, so I posted the whole thing in comments there.

     

    2 Responses to “Kipling on Income Inequality, Continued”

    1. Jonathan Says:

      Kipling seems to have had an unusually good understanding of human nature.

    2. David Foster Says:

      This article in the Irish Political Review argues that Kipling’s poem was motivated largely by anti-German sentiment.