A 2014 report, part-funded by NASA, states that in unequal societies, “collapse is difficult to avoid…. Elites grow and consume too much, resulting in a famine among Commoners that eventually causes the collapse of society.” and “economic inequality, can independently lead to a societal collapse. This is shown in the Type-L collapse scenario in the paper, where an otherwise sustainable society that even seems to be on a sustainable path for a long time can collapse due to introducing a small seed of Elite population into the system with a high level of inequality.”
One of the questions that I want this website to explore is a potential link between the growth of pro Elite public relations and lobbying with increased inequality. Does it follow that as the Elites take more wealth away from the Commoners, the Elites defend themselves by manufacturing and amplifying more pro Elite stories and ideas?
If you can supply, or point me towards, some UK / USA data or evidence about this issue,
please get in touch.