The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #78659 Message #1418327
Posted By: Amos
23-Feb-05 - 12:13 AM
Thread Name: BS: Why do we need poverty?
Subject: RE: BS: Why do we need poverty?
Oh come on, folks. You can have all the buildings in a city block turned over to a population of 1000 poor people, and out of that 1000, 9990 will manage to figure out that living in the buildings will work. But how many will study out how to use those resources as a basis for production which can be exported, to support the community?
It takes an idea, an imagined scenario followed up by a LOT of persuasion and energetic pushing and figgering and making things happen to get a group of people to start producing something. It takes more ideas and creative energy to make it well, and to sell it.
Until a small number of visionairies and organizers figgers out how to do it, it usually doesn't happen -- no organizing, no justice no exchange, no distribution of the non-wealth.
Those insights and methods are valuable products; they don't just come from trees. They are as valuable and more valuable than the routine productive effort of someone who works a mill--at least, harder to replace.
Poverty above all else is a failure of imagination and communication. At least when it occurs among the basically able it is.
Add imagination and communication and any group of poor people with a little bit of help can start up an economic cycle that will feed themselves.
That's the direction of help that is needed, IMHO. Organizing, developing, enterprising and training.