Posts Tagged ‘Poverty’

Working Poor in America

February 11, 2009

Poverty of Imagination = change that will tear the nation to pieces

February 10, 2009

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by Jim Kunstler

If this nation wants to survive without an intense political convulsion, there’s a lot we can do, but none of it is being voiced in any corner of Washington at this time. We have to get off of petro-agriculture and grow our food locally, at a smaller scale, with more people working on it and fewer machines. This is an enormous project, which implies change in everything from property allocation to farming methods to new social relations. But if we don’t focus on it right away, a lot of Americans will end up starving, and rather soon. We have to rebuild the railroad system in the US, and electrify it, and make it every bit as good as the system we once had that was the envy of the world. If we don’t get started on this right away, we’re screwed. We will have tremendous trouble moving people and goods around this continent-sized nation.

How to Help People the Health Ranger Way (aid to Ecuador homeless)

February 3, 2009

By Mike Adams, January 31, 2009

The last time I went to Ecuador, I spent some time thinking about how to help people. It didn’t take long to find the simple answers: Just get out there, ask people what they need and get it for them!

So I started filming these events, and today I’ve posted the first of many that you’ll eventually see posted on NaturalNews. You can watch the video here:

This first video is about Julia Maria, a woman living in a shack on the side of the road, literally sleeping with chickens in shockingly unclean conditions. While we couldn’t put a new roof over her head that day, we did find out what she needed (a mattress, some clothes, some shoes, and some food), we went out and got it, and delivered it to her.

Towards the end of this video, you can hear her asking for a cola, which we try to explain to her isn’t good for her health (we don’t bring people colas).

In the future, we’ll work to bring people fresh produce, but at the time of this filming, our gardens in Ecuador weren’t producing yet, so we got her what we could from the local stores (whole-grain bread and some fresh fruit).

What’s interesting about Ecuador, by the way, is that it’s so easy and affordable to make a difference in someone’s life. This is true anywhere, actually, but in Ecuador, a dollar goes a long way towards improving the life of a fellow human being.

Quotes on Poverty, Class and Slavery

October 22, 2008
Economic growth without social progress lets the great majority of people remain in poverty, while a privileged few reap the benefits of rising abundance. –John F. Kennedy

In war the strong make slaves of the weak, and in peace the rich make slaves of the poor. We must work to live, and they give us such mean wages that we die. We toil for them all day long, and they heap up gold in their coffers, and our children fade away before their time, and the faces of those we love become hard and evil. We tread out the grapes, and another drinks the wine. We sow the corn, and our own board is empty. We have chains, though no eyes behold them; and are slaves, though men call us free.
— Oscar Wilde

I confess that I am not charmed with the ideal of life held out by those who think that the normal state of human beings is that of struggling to get on; that the trampling, crushing, elbowing, and treading on each other’s heels, which form the existing type of social life, are the most desirable lot of human beings.
–John Stuart Mill

What is economics? A science invented by the upper class in order to acquire the fruits of the labor of the underclass
— August Strindberg

Hear me, people: We have now to deal with another race- small and feeble when our fathers first met them, but now great and overbearing. Strangely enough they have a mind to till the soil and the love of possession is a disease with them. These people have made many rules that the rich may break but the poor may not. They take their tithes from the poor and weak to support the rich and those who rule.
— Chief Sitting Bull

In a country well governed poverty is something to be ashamed of. In a country badly governed wealth is something to be ashamed of.
— Confucius

5 Pieces of Advice for the New Paupers

October 19, 2008

5 Pieces of Advice for the New Paupers

By John Dolan, AlterNet. Posted October 15, 2008.

I just went through the hell of going from grad school-level poverty to the real thing.

Here are my lessons learned.


“Little did I know that when I lost everything last year, I was doing research. At the time I thought it was just stupidity or bad luck or both. But now that the economy’s crashing, it turns out I’ve been out there gathering valuable tips for millions of new paupers. And let me clarify, I’m talking real poverty. My wife and I fell through many layers of poverty in a few months. First we revisited the genteel poverty known to grad students, the sort of poverty where you have scary dreams about the rent and eat a simple, wholesome diet toward the end of the month. But we fell right through that into the sort of Dickensian privation that spoiled first-worlders like me never expected to experience. That’s the kind of poverty a lot of people are going to be experiencing soon — and I’m here to tell you, it can happen here and it can happen to you. And it’s remarkably unpleasant. You may be saying “Duh!” here, but you’re probably not imagining the proper sort of unpleasantness. So I’ll try to lay out what to watch for, how to hunker down when it’s not just a matter of cutting back or selling your second car but having no car at all, having no money for heat or food.”