- Jan 2010
- Atlanta, Georgia USA
I believe that if my children were no longer dying of malnutrition because I could now feed them, I would see it as a big advance.I have. Tho not based on hard figures.
Actually, living with more than 1.9 $/day is mostly irrelevant. It is more relevant what You can do with 1.9 $/day, and it's fundamental what one expects from life: that I don't see any longer my kids literally dying of malnutrition but I can somehow feed them it's not exactly an achievement.
1. These days, the manager of the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi was arrested for false declaration of his revenues=fiscal fraud. He earned something like 20 mil $ (salary + the rest) in 2017.
2. 1% of the world population own 50% of the world's total wealth. [*]
What counts is the poverty perception and the sentiment of "social injustice". And ex1 + ex 2 is enforcing that perception and that sentiment.
[*] source: Global Wealth Report 2017: Where Are We Ten Years after the Crisis?
Both your numbered statements are really irrelevant. If I am pretty well off--if my basic needs are met and I have a little left for personal enjoyment, then I really don't care whether someone else is a lot better off than I am. Unless, of course, my world view is based on envy and resentment.
You said "What counts is the poverty perception and the sentiment of 'social injustice'."
That's what counts among those whose politics are based around the proposition that
" If there's something belonging to others
There's enough for all people to share"
As Huey Long put it in Every Man a King.
In other words, around envy and resentment.