* you can draw everybody to the bottom with a catastrophe
* or you can try to give opportunities to people to draw them up
While it is very easy to see why method 1 will reduce inequalities (everybody is dead is also reducing inequalities to zero) but it is quite clear that in our modern societies we strive to point 2, which is something relatively new compared to history.
The tensions between Washington and Brussels are mainly caused by a lesser level of data protection in the US, especially since foreigners do not benefit from the US Privacy Act of 1974.
We will have solar energy as soon as the utility companies solve one technical problem -- how to run a sunbeam through a meter.