poverty is the absence of


shalom fancy


if poverty is indeed more about a loss/absence/scarcity of attachment/relationship/community rather than a loss of things/house… we redefine most people’s image/perception of poor.. no?

have/have not ness…

shame a poverty of being


the goal is not to make the materially poor all over the world into middle-to-upper-class north americans, a group characterized by high rates of divorce, sexual addiction, substance abuse, and mental illness. not is the goal to make sure that the materially poor have enough money. indeed, america’s welfare system ensured that alisa collins and her family had more than enough money to survive, but they felt trapped. rather, the goals is to restore people to a full expression of humanness….    – Corbett/Fikkert


quotes found in book below




when helping hurts

book links to amazon


p. 78: imagine going to a donor and asking for funds to transform a city through – hanging out.  – new song, mark gornik, allan & susan tibbles

one of the hallmarks of mark, allan, and susan’s success is that they no longer direct new song. instead, new song continues to thrive under the leadership of community members, low=income people who were empowered by a relational process that focused on reconciling their foundational relationships instead of on implementing projects to produce products.


unfortunate insight/misunderstanding in the book:

p. 81: living in the context of violence, some ghetto children correctly assume that they will not live very long. this can make them very present-oriented and give them little incentive to invest in their futures through such things as being diligent in school. and of course, a failure to get a good education contributes to their long-run material poverty.

education in a more true sense of the word – maybe. but not what we practice as education today. that’s leading to humans as empty shells – and/or shame/arrogance.


I fear that far too many have no familiarity — or even empathy — with what it means to be poor in this country, or in any country.

Poverty is a diabolical predicament that not only makes scarce one’s physical comforts, but drains away one’s spiritual strength. It damages hopes and dreams, and having deficits among those things is when the soul begins to die.                  – Charles M Blow


that man is poor

from Pico Iyer‘s talk


Kathy Edin

Paul Polak

Mark Havroth

Helena Norberg-Hodge

Dambisa Moyo

Carl Hart

Matt Taibbi – the divide

Matthew Desmond –evicted

Virginia Eubanks – automating ineq


jan 2015:

51% of public school kids in poverty



feb 2015 – on fixing the wrong things – gates initiative/power –


1\ people make poverty  2\ history shows policies made poverty  3\ the good news story – not quite so – ie: 80% living under $5/day  4\ power matters – ie: those with the money make the rules, usually in ways that serve their own interests. This is why 93 cents of every $1 made since the 2008 crash has gone to the 1%.

if you're giving back semler

We might have had to settle for small technical fixes 30 years ago. In 2015, we certainly don’t.

let’s go deep enough.


3 ways humans create poverty (shared in fb edge by Joe):


1\closing off commons

2\outsourcing the problem

3\the “free trade” paradox



money ness


notes from book: the highest poverty

Katherine Boo


Conrad Hackett (@conradhackett) tweeted at 1:14 AM – 15 Jun 2017 :

Children living in poverty
Israel 36%
Turkey 32%
Spain 31%
US 29%
UK 20%
Germany 15%
Finland 11%
Denmark 9%
https://t.co/nMlhI6sVOrhttps://t.co/hIycenMuzu (http://twitter.com/conradhackett/status/875250152692477953?s=17)

ASDeckard (@AsDeckard) tweeted at 1:19 AM – 15 Jun 2017 :

@conradhackett ‘relative poverty’

Ah, the measure that counts a US family with only one car as impoverished, but not a Russian family who shits in a hole. (http://twitter.com/AsDeckard/status/875251341588705280?s=17)

Angel Senterfold (@angelsenterfold) tweeted at 1:16 AM – 15 Jun 2017 :

@conradhackett Children doing sex to finance their parents is the same numbers here in NL (http://twitter.com/angelsenterfold/status/875250595367661568?s=17)

Cem (@Javartan) tweeted at 1:20 AM – 15 Jun 2017 :

@conradhackett How can Israel beat us to this? This definitely doesnt include syrian refugee kids. Thats why. (http://twitter.com/Javartan/status/875251674620846081?s=17)

Katarina Gray-Sharp (@TeachingConsult) tweeted at 1:30 AM – 15 Jun 2017 :

@conradhackett “High national income … no guarantee of a good record in sustaining child well-being.” NZ 34th of 41: https://t.co/neSIUQZo83 | @UNICEF (http://twitter.com/TeachingConsult/status/875254247553613825?s=17)

Killa.fish (@ObeseDragonfish) tweeted at 3:57 AM – 15 Jun 2017 :

@conradhackett USA is the beginning of the super crap statistics (http://twitter.com/ObeseDragonfish/status/875291199405514752?s=17)


Arthur Brooks (@arthurbrooks) tweeted at 10:17 PM – 16 Oct 2017 :

“Well-to-do Americans have almost no meaningful contact with anyone from economically marginalized communities.” https://t.co/JxQZDeSpxS (http://twitter.com/arthurbrooks/status/920141577204494336?s=17)


from Heather Marsh‘s binding chaos:


paid work creates poverty. anyone not enabling the corps and doing their work lives in fear of the legal/societal persecution that comes w poverty.. poverty is the hardest work of any available today. it is a very expensive lifestyle, entailing endless fines/charges/fees levied by the corp/govt world. it leaves no time to achieve any fulfillment, is a life threatening health risk, and is extremely damaging to all personal relationships..


dec 2017 – why un is investigating extreme poverty in richest nation – via Philip Alston


With 41 million Americans officially in poverty according to the US Census Bureau (other estimates put that figure much higher), one aim of the UN mission will be to demonstrate that no country, however wealthy, is immune from human suffering induced by growing inequality.


Clint Smith (@ClintSmithIII) tweeted at 6:08 PM – 17 Jan 2018 :

I don’t think people fully appreciate how the public policy in this country actively makes the lives of poor people more difficult. (http://twitter.com/ClintSmithIII/status/953796298112688128?s=17)


Michel fb share

” Since 1968, the number of US citizens living in poverty has increased by 60%. On average, men in the highest income bracket live 15 years longer than men in the lowest.”


On 4 April 1967, Dr Martin Luther King Jr took to the pulpit at New York’s Riverside Church, and warned that ‘a nation that continues year after year to spend more money on military defense than on programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual death’.

To turn things around, he said, ‘We as a nation must undergo a radical revolution of values’.

‘We must rapidly begin to shift from a ‘thing-oriented’ society to a ‘people-oriented’ society. When machines and computers profit motives and property rights are considered more important than people, the giant triplets of racism, materialism and militarism are incapable of being conquered.’

‘Somehow, this madness must cease’, he said..t

No, it’s not the militarism, it’s the madness that resonates today. Since 1968, the number of US citizens living in poverty has increased by 60%. ..no tweak of the US tax code – or even a new president – will help much.

The systemic nature of the problem (if you’re a poor person, not a bank) is not limited to one ethnicity or region.

The seductions of the status quo don’t work as well for this generation because they came of age seeing it crash. They’re not wedded to the promise of the capitalist ‘American Dream’ that was proffered to their parents, because it shows no signs of being wedded to them, or even having a place for them in it.

All these years on, it’s clear that while communications work, advocacy and legal defence are important, no amount of any of those will stop systemic madness.

Dozens of cities and towns, including New York, Madison, Oakland and Rochester, now invest public money in incubating worker-owned cooperatives.

coops aren’t deep enough

the very fact that so much is up for grabs, from the economy to security to our democracy, makes a re-ordering inevitable..

In 1967, King described his speech at Riverside as a call simply for people to love one another: ‘…for world-wide fellowship that lifts neighborly concern beyond one’s tribe, race, class and nation’.


EHRP (@econhardship) tweeted at 6:33 AM – 22 Feb 2018 :

“Ability is nothing without opportunity. We, as a society, have a responsibility to provide the means to break the cycle of poverty” https://t.co/VCI081ImE4(http://twitter.com/econhardship/status/966667140496375808?s=17)

equity: everyone getting a go everyday

we have the means to facil that

as it could be


Democracy Now! (@democracynow) tweeted at 6:49 AM – 14 May 2018 :
“250,000 people are dying from poverty every year,” says @RevDrBarber, who is one of the leaders launching the #PoorPeoplesCampaign today in the U.S. “It is time for a moral confrontation.” Interview streaming now at https://t.co/Xup8cdtnFB. https://t.co/ihiS19Q5Kq (http://twitter.com/democracynow/status/996009597004546048?s=17)


privatizing poverty

Frank Pasquale (@FrankPasquale) tweeted at 9:29 AM – 22 Aug 2018 :
“Poor people (and especially poor women), these books argue, are in fact seen too much—they are surveilled and imprisoned, monitored and fined. They are trapped within a social panopticon that permits and encourages their constant observation”
https://t.co/RKVGzxwC7I (http://twitter.com/FrankPasquale/status/1032288714486161408?s=17)

Roland Gude (@rjtg_) tweeted at 1:07 AM – 23 Aug 2018 :
@FrankPasquale Which is pretty much what Michel Foucault wrote in Discipline and Punish, isn’t it? (http://twitter.com/rjtg_/status/1032524593045618689?s=17)

“That the poor are invisible is one of the most important things about them. They are not simply neglected and forgotten as in the old rhetoric of reform; what is much worse, they are not seen.”

Money bail is probably the best known version of the way that simply not having ready access to hundreds or thousands of dollars can turn you into a prisoner.

money bail industry

“wealth is a condition for privacy rights, and that, lacking wealth, poor mothers do not have any privacy rights.” Focusing in particular on the legal predicament of poor women, and especially poor mothers, she suggests that poor mothers lose their privacy altogether if they accept public assistance, because they do so on terms that open their lives—and especially their sexual and reproductive lives—to the aggressive monitoring of the state. But if they forgo government assistance they may be unable to provide their children with food and medical care, which in turn opens them up to privacy-invading investigations from Child Protective Services. Either way, “it is impossible for poor mothers to create a space free of state power.”

Changing the prevailing view of poverty and of poor women—viewing poor African American women as full human beings—would necessitate a transformed social and political response.

Edelman and Bridges suggest that all these attitudes and ideas reproduce the condescension and de-humanization that helps to sustain poverty in the first place.


Mayors and CEOs for US Housing Investment (@mayorsandceos) tweeted at 4:28 AM – 28 Aug 2018 :
“40 percent of American families struggled to meet at least one of their basic needs last year, including paying for food, health care, housing or utilities.” @urbaninstitute https://t.co/4ZZXGSIjMg (http://twitter.com/mayorsandceos/status/1034387190778920960?s=17)


from Jason

Jason Hickel (@jasonhickel) tweeted at 5:42 AM on Thu, Aug 30, 2018:
“The morally relevant metric of progress against poverty is neither absolute numbers nor proportions, but rather the extent of global poverty compared to our capacity to end it.  By that metric, we are doing worse than ever before in history.”  https://t.co/LUtcMhBQwo#globaldev

There is a third approach, however, proposed by Yale philosopher Thomas Pogge.  Pogge argues that the morally relevant metric of progress against poverty is neither absolute numbers nor proportions, but rather the extent of global poverty compared to our capacity to end it.  By that metric, he says, we are doing worse than at any time in history.


Pogge is right: by this metric, poverty is worse now than ever before.  Our world is replete with unprecedented riches, and yet we cannot ensure that everyone has a decent basic share of it.  Morally, we have regressed as a civilization.

We live in an age where more than 4 billion people – some 60% of the human population – live on less than what is required for meeting basic human needs.  This is a ringing indictment of the global economy by any standard.  But it is particularly unjust given that their suffering could be ended with only 4% of the income of the world’s richest quintile..t

*I’ll be working on refining this method further, testing different thresholds, and exploring national-level results.  If you have any suggestions, please feel free to share them either through my contact form or in the comments below.

if only .. you could hear me.. as it could be..


Project Greshm (@projectgreshm) tweeted at 4:30 PM – 20 May 2019 :
“Basic income doesn’t cost us anything. Poverty is what’s expensive.” https://t.co/SI0ou0SLco(http://twitter.com/projectgreshm/status/1130601595387961351?s=17)

quote from Alex Howlett @AlexHowlettUBI Basic income enthusiast. Founder at . Organizer of the Boston Basic Income discussion group (). cambridge  yang 2020


Now, when you’re poor, suddenly you run out of resources to run that virtual program. Just like the body starts consuming its tissues in reverse priority order in hunger, during poverty what is actually essential starts to rise to prominence, namely, how do I eat, now.
Original Tweet: https://twitter.com/fabianacecin/status/1308709588175409161


rutger on poverty