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Today is Martin Luther King Jr. Day, an American national holiday in which we celebrate a man who fought and died for the cause of equality.

It’s a chilling last speech, in that King seems to be foretelling his assassination – which took place the next day. That was April 1968. It’s now 2014 and we’ve still not made it to King’s fabled “mountain top” or “promised land” where everyone is treated the same and everyone has equal opportunity to succeed. That’s not true in the U.S., it’s not true globally and it’s arguably a dream even less likely to come true if current trends persist.

That’s because, in the U.S. and worldwide, inequality is on the rise and has been for quite a while. Continue reading