Sunday, June 14, 2009
Because of the depths of poverty in South Africa, and many other African & Asian economies, I don't sympathise enough with discussions of 'poverty' in the developed world. I think that the kinds of poverty are different, are culturally embedded, and often reach different depths of privation on different scales. Moreover, and particularly in the US, the persistence of inequality over time is immense, yet still people believe that America is the 'land of opportunity'. The rose-tinted opportunity glasses inure them to the poverty, and they remain enamoured of the systems that entrench it (evidenced by GOP behaviour regularly of late in the furour over health care reform).