POLITICS: "The Poor" (was Re: Free-Markets: Extro-Nazi's or Extro-Saints?)

Mark Grant (mark@unicorn.com)
Thu, 11 Sep 1997 20:11:50 +0000

On Wed, 10 Sep 1997 QueeneMUSE@aol.com wrote:

> No one can convince me that the
> "poor" ( which in common semantics means a life without proper shelter,
> medical care and adequate food) give a damn if we chose to think of them as
> "richer" than the starving homeless who lived in medieval times.

But this is precisely the point; by any *rational* definition of poverty
there are few poor people in the West today. The US government's
definition of poverty is something that most of the planet's population
can only aspire to.

> Not only that- to use that line of thinking to
> ignore the truth of that reality, to NOT acknowledge their very real
> experience of starving to death, is denial of the worst sort, and IMO
> downright mean.

How many people starve to death every day in the US? Every study I've seen
shows that obesity is far more of a threat to the average American than

> The bottom is still the bottom.

But in the West today the bottom typically includes a place to live,
health care, food, beer, a TV, a fridge and quite possibly a car. I've
been to places where most people don't have those things, so forgive me
for not falling over in a fit of compassion for "poor" Westerners.


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