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Four billion votes – will it make any difference?

As six billion people starve in 2024, four billion people will vote in political elections in 2024. 2024 is going to be democracy’s biggest year ever.
 |  Jane Wallace  |  ,

In a remarkable milestone in human history, over four billion people – more than half of the world’s population across more than 40 countries – will go to the polls. National elections will be held in the United States, India, Indonesia, Russia, the United Kingdom, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Taiwan, Mexico, South Africa And The European Union.  More than 4 billion people are eligible to vote in an election in 2024. (Not all of the above are democracies).

Is this democracy’s biggest test? Will any of these four billion votes make any monetary, financial and economic wealth difference to the global wealth distribution, to the needy rich, to the world concentrations of money, to the wealthy, the needy poor, big business, and the traditional mass media??

How can we visualize the pyramid of global wealth distribution before and after the four billion voters vote in their elections??

From Wikipedia: Half of the world’s net wealth belongs to the top 1%; the top 10% of adults hold 85% of the world wealth; the top 30% of adults hold 97% of the total wealth. However, the bottom 90% hold the remaining 15% of the world’s total wealth!

The richest 1% bagged nearly twice as much wealth as the rest of the world put together over the past two years.

 From Oxfam – published 16 January 2023:  It’s now “Survival of the Richest rather than The Survival of the Fittest”

Jane Wallace Mercury Bay