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BRAND X

Orphaned transracial international ungrateful insurgent Class Bastard.

Posts tagged poverty

Jul 22 '14
Jun 12 '14
Jun 12 '14
"All organizing is science fiction. What does a world without poverty look like? What does a world without prisons look like? What does a world with everyone having enough food and clothing look like? We don’t know. It’s science fiction, and it is as foreign to us as the Klingon homeworld (which is called Q’onos in case you were wondering). But being able to envision it and imagine it means we can begin seeing the steps it would take to move us there."
Jun 10 '14
kropotkink:


bwwwssssshhhhhhhhh:

Alright

break the business’ windows, imo. let the homeless sleep inside it instead.

kropotkink:

bwwwssssshhhhhhhhh:

Alright

break the business’ windows, imo. let the homeless sleep inside it instead.

May 27 '14
rocprinceray:

White People: - “Black people are always pulling the race card!”

"There is no way that the proportions of Black and Native American children in foster care would ever happen to white children[…] if child welfare systems removed 1 in 10 white children from their families as they have in many Black and Native American communities, the systems would be shut down."
—Dorothy Roberts, Shattered Bonds: The Color of Child Welfare

rocprinceray:

White People: - “Black people are always pulling the race card!”

"There is no way that the proportions of Black and Native American children in foster care would ever happen to white children[…] if child welfare systems removed 1 in 10 white children from their families as they have in many Black and Native American communities, the systems would be shut down."

Dorothy Roberts, Shattered Bonds: The Color of Child Welfare

(Source: sieeeee)

Apr 18 '14

elegantly-tasteless:

skeletoncrew4444:

Younger gentrifiers love to make being poor some kind of trendy lifestyle of choice and romanticize the fuck out of it while actively and knowingly shitting on the people their stealing resources, homes, and livelihoods from. 

Hipster culture in a nutshell

(Source: realmauricemoss)

Feb 24 '14
Feb 4 '14
"The problem is not that poor countries cannot manage to drag themselves up the development ladder, the problem is that they are actively prevented from doing so. Beginning in the early 1980s, Western governments and financial institutions like the World Bank and IMF changed their development policy from one that was basically Keynesian to one that remains devotedly neoliberal, requiring radical market deregulation, fiscal austerity, and privatization in developing countries as a condition of receiving aid.

We were told that this neoliberal shock therapy – known as structural adjustment – would help stimulate the economies of poor countries. But exactly the opposite happened. Instead of helping poor countries develop, structural adjustment basically destroyed them. Cambridge economist Ha-Joon Chang has demonstrated that while developing countries enjoyed per capita income growth of more than 3% prior to the 1980s, structural adjustment cut it in half, down to 1.7%. When it was foisted on Sub-Saharan Africa, per capita income began to decline at a rate of 0.7% per year, and average GNP shrank by around 10%. As a result, the number of Africans living in basic poverty nearly doubled. It would be hard to overstate the degree of human suffering that these figures represent.

Robert Pollin, an economist at the University of Massachusetts, estimates that developing countries have lost roughly $480 billion in potential GDP as a result of structural adjustment. Yet Western corporations have benefitted tremendously. It has forced open vast new consumer markets; it has made it easier to access cheap labor and raw materials; it has opened up avenues for capital flight and tax avoidance; it has created a lucrative market in foreign debt; and it has facilitated a massive transfer of public resources into private hands (the World Bank alone has privatized more than $2 trillion worth of assets in developing countries).

Poverty in the Global South is not just a static given; it is being actively created. And the striking thing is that these atrocities are being perpetrated under the cover of aid. In other words, not only does aid serve as a powerful rhetorical device that cloaks takers in the guise of givers, it also operates as a powerful tool in the global wealth extraction system."
Dec 8 '13
"Like most reservation kids we wound up with our grandparents. We were lucky. Most Indian children are placed in foster homes. This happens even in some cases where parents or grandparents are willing and able to take care of them, but where their social workers say their homes are substandard, or where there are outhouses instead of flush toilets, or where the family is simply “Too poor.” A flush toilet to a white social worker is more important than a good grandmother."
Nov 22 '13