Over the last 10 years or so, Oxfam has become increasingly outspoken in its criticism of deeply entrenched wealth in-equality, and points to it as being one of the key drivers of persistent poverty. Shaking off the outdated stereotype of charitable handouts, Oxfam proudly calls for lasting structural change, and it does so again in its newest report, The Inequality Virus.

Focusing on the impact of the pandemic, it is perhaps Oxfam’s most radical diagnosis of inequality yet. Just a few pages in, it explicitly situates patriarchy and racism at the heart of global capitalism. Throughout the ...


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