A Poor Outlook…

The poverty of our century is unlike that of any other.  It is not, as poverty was before, the result of natural scarcity, but of a set of priorities imposed upon the rest of the world by the rich.  Consequently, the modern poor are not pitied…but written off as trash.  The twentieth-century consumer economy has produced the first culture for which a beggar is a reminder of nothing.  

John Berger

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http://www.globalissues.org/issue/2/causes-of-poverty

http://www.unicef.org/media/files/ChildPovertyReport.pdf

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  1. “a set of priorities imposed upon the rest of the world by the rich”: truly one of the most devastating evils of our time! I experience this every day in my small Soutern city. We used to say on the playground: “Who died and made YOU God?” Diety is not for sale, but fake lord-hood IS! Thank you is not sufficient for me to say how grateful I am for this post today!

  2. “a set of priorities imposed upon the rest of the world by the rich”: truly one of the most devastating evils of our time! I experience this every day in my small Soutern city. We used to say on the playground: “Who died and made YOU God?” Diety is not for sale, but fake lord-hood IS! Thank you is not sufficient for me to say how grateful I am for this post today!

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