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Globalization Gap, The: How the Rich Get Richer and the Poor Get Left Further Behind by Robert A. Isaak

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Chapter 4. Pyramids of Opportunity

 

These unhappy times call for the building of plans . . . that build from the bottom up and not from the top down, that put their faith once more in the forgotten man at the bottom of the economic pyramid.

 
 --FRANKLIN DELANO ROOSEVELT, Radio address, April 7, 1937

In an era of global turbulence, the well-off are positioned to find opportunities to become richer on the job, while the poor discover more obstacles than opportunities.

To be born rich in a rich country is to be near the top of a pyramid of opportunity. From childhood on, rich people have food, shelter, and access to quality education, leading to desirable careers. Life chances are not left to chance but guided toward upward mobility by family intervention. ...

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