Gated communities in Indonesia have become a glaring example of how income inequality creates both spatial and social divides.
Even those of us who find global inequality troubling hesitate to raise the subject of rationing, but George Orwell did and his response could be more instructive than ever.
One of the strongest objections to using technology to slow ageing is that it would worsen existing inequalities in lifespans along the lines of existing wealth disparities.
The election TV debates have shown the candidates to be out of touch and none of them seem able to articulate a programme to remedy the structure and perpetuation of social inequality.
As a society we have become conditioned to moving from one burning issue to another without adequately resolving the first, thus making challenges like pollution, joblessness and economic inequality our new normal.