He is an egalitarian, hater of the natural state of inequality on the planet, and favors all sorts of government interventions into everyday life and objects to those who attempt to escape the clutches of the interventionism.
According to The Guardian, Deaton recently decried “the trend for the world’s richest people to divorce themselves from government control by living inside gated communities and buying their own healthcare and police protection.”
From his 2013 book The Great Escape: Health, Wealth, and the Origins of Inequality:
The very wealthy have little need for state-provided education or health care… They have even less reason to support health insurance for everyone, or to worry about the low quality of public schools that plagues much of the country. They will oppose any regulation of banks that restricts profits, even if it helps those who cannot cover their mortgages or protects the public against predatory lending, deceptive advertising, or even a repetition of the financial crash. To worry about these consequences of extreme inequality has nothing to do with being envious of the rich and everything to do with the fear that rapidly growing top incomes are a threat to the wellbeing of everyone else.Bottom line: Deaton like Thomas Piketty has a hate for wealth and capital accumulation and maintains an absurd view on inequality (SEE:This Is What Those Who Are Concerned About Inequality Fail to Grasp) and sees a major role for government in changing the world so it looks more like the way he would like it.