29 January 2018

South Africa: Oxfam On Inequality - Its Own Example Proves It Wrong

opinion

Another year, another piece of inequality propaganda from Oxfam. This time, Siphokazi Mthathi, executive director of Oxfam South Africa, compounded the absurdity by calling capitalism a "crime against humanity". As if there was ever any doubt whose side Oxfam is really on.

According to Siphokazi Mthathi, executive director of Oxfam South Africa - an organisation masquerading as a poverty-relief charity - capitalism is a "crime against humanity". She was reportedly speaking on the sidelines of the release of Oxfam's annual report bemoaning inequality, this year entitled "Reward Work, Not Wealth".

Other Oxfam officials speak of an "inequality crisis" (there isn't one) in an "ever more unequal world" (it isn't), that can only be solved by "more tax justice" (it won't).

It's classic Marxist rhetoric, of course, to suggest that the owners of capital who invest in businesses do not deserve their profits because the workers actually create the wealth. At least Oxfam isn't lying about where its political sympathies lie.

Oxfam relies on anecdotes, spurious comparisons, and even outright deceptions to support its position. For example, although its report title says "reward work", it actually talks not about income inequality but about "wealth inequality".

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