if wealth is measured in any way that does not equate to totting up the amount Luke Johnson has in his bank account then more equal societies (created in part by redistribution) are wealthier on every measure anyone can think of.
Gini numbers show the level of inequality in a society. A lower Gini thus means, by Ritchie\’s argument, that a country with such a lower number is wealthier than one with a higher one.
Laos, wealthier than the UK?
Algeria, 35.3? Vietnam 34.4? Kazakhstan? Armenia? Albania?
Moldova? 33.22? Bosnia?
Well, that\’s that little idea shot to pieces then, isn\’t it. For there just ain\’t any rational way to claim that those countries are wealthier in any manner than the UK, despite being more equal.
Sorry, but there just ain\’t.