“The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little.” - FDR
The organized right justifies its draconian policies toward the poor with moral arguments. Right-wing think tanks and blogs, for instance, ponder the damaging effect on disabled poor children of becoming “dependent” on government assistance, or they scrutinize government nutritional assistance for poor pregnant women and children in an effort to explain away positive outcomes for infants. Francis Fox Piven
"The consequences of high neighborhood joblessness are more devastating than those of high neighborhood poverty. A neighborhood in which people are poor but employed is different from a neighborhood in which many people are poor and jobless. Many of today's problems in the inner city ghetto neighborhoods - crime, family dissolution, welfare, low levels of social organization, and so on - are fundamentally a consequence of the disappearance of work" William Julius Wilson: When Work Disappears.
Here is a map, by county, of poverty in the U.S. See if you can guess
which States are Republican.
Click here to see the map.
Just as money confers freedom of various kinds, poverty
Poverty is a method of social control. Typically, it is racist, it leaves people unhealthy, uneducated, and dependent on the more wealthy. It is highly correlated with the Confederacy and with religion.
Recently the poor have been confined in rotting inner cities,
kept in place by militarized police, and well out of reach (by
public transit) of suburbia. They tend to be people of color and
they are arrested and sent to prison more
Privatized prisons prosper from their mass incarceration. After prison, they lose the right to vote.
Repression of labor unions and declining
wages tend to keep them in poverty permanently. Since jobs
are scarce in the cities, some are, for all practical purposes,
Lax gun laws and the 'war on drugs' play a role in making poor communities more violent.
As Hannah Arendt pointed out, people without opportunity, isolation,
and lack of social relationship, are most vunerable to demagogic mass
movements, such as Nazism, Fascism, Stalinism, or even McCarthyism.
Republicans, continuing their
wilding of America, favor cutting all social programs whether Food
Stamps, Social Security,
Medicare, Obamacare, or any assistance for the poor.
Geography of Poverty
Voices of Poverty
Correlation Between Poverty and Religiousity
Southern Poverty Law Center
Who's Afraid of Francis Fox Piven : Francis Fox Piven
Poverty Rises As Wall Street Billionaires Whine (9/17/2010)
Poverty Rises in the World's Biggest Economy (9/17/2010)