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The Wealthy, the Poor and the Widening Divide - a Prelude to a Struggle

Oxfam, the charity that keeps tabs on the world's poor, on the eve of the World Economic Forum, currently in progress, in Davos, Switzerland, shocked the Planet with the reality that its eight-richest men, have as much wealth as the 3.6 billion people, who make up the poorest half of the world.

Oxfam's stark truth confirms a widening divide between the rich and the poor and if the divide continues to widen, then inevitably, some form of a struggle will ensue as the "have-nots" seek a greater distribution of the world's wealth by means that may not be conventional.

Critics of Oxfam's revelations include Mark Littlewood, of the Institute of Economic Affairs, who according to a BBC-News report, claims that Oxfam should focus on ways to boost growth and Ben Southwood, of the Adam Smith Institute, who claims that it was not the wealth of the world's rich that mattered, but the welfare of the world's poor, which he said was improving every year.

These critics seem to hang on the notion that the poor would continue to be ignorant and that they will gladly continue to be led like blind lambs by their wolfish mega-rich masters. But human nature demands and expects equality and if the voices of Oxfam and other social observers are not heeded, passive lambs could become ferociously feral very quick.

So at Davos, the agenda before the World Economic Forum should concentrate on the ways and the means of rendering a safe and peaceful redistribution and allocation of the world's resources.