A standard way to measure poverty is to calculate what percentage of a country’s population lives on less than $2 per day, factoring in purchasing power parity. In three African countries — Burundi, Democratic Republic of the Congo, and Liberia — more than 90—percent of the population gets by on under $2 per day.
The powerful not only control the social wealth, they also control the public policy discussion — and what counts as intellectually correct. Good ideas are never sufficient. They are not believed or enacted simply because they are right. They become the ideas of our time only when they are wielded by those who come to believe in their own power, who use this power to struggle through institutions and advance their ideas.
Sentiments of impossibility have turned us away from the possible history of the future.
This has to be shrugged off. It is more realistic to believe that a socialist alternative, rather than charity or World Bank policies, will make poverty history.
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