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

11 Comments

  1. Who is John Berger?
    A very interesting quote

  2. Interesting perspective.

    Inequitable distribution rather than natural scarcity do contribute to much present day poverty.

  3. Interesting perspective.

    Inequitable distribution rather than natural scarcity do contribute to much present day poverty.

  4. “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!

  5. “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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