The exploitation of poor and under-served people is standard fare in capitalistic societies. It is very much a reality. If business and industry want to be steadfastly profitable, exploitation of the poor and undeserved might be necessary. Exploited people usually cooperate.Poor and under-served people are quite observable, and they have no end. They envision life’s stations to be limited, and most operate under the directives of others. Some even desire to be exploited. These are their adjusted life style choices.
A new day surely beckons for poor and undeserved persons. But for the arrival to be complete, they must consider what is necessary in order for them to protect their interests. It is reasonable to believe poor and undeserved people are capable of overcoming exploitation.
Therefore, here are seven things poor and undeserved people must overcome in time:
1. Outrageous prices. Poor and under-served people pay more for goods and services, e.g., financial, legal. High prices face them constantly, and with few alternatives.
2. Economic subjugation. Capitalism focuses on economic winners and losers: “When I win, you lose; when you lose, I win.” Capitalists do not readily share their loot. Emulate them.
3. Education. Poor and under-served populations are at the mercy of communities educationally in that education is often viewed as a privilege for the advantaged.
4. Mean-spiritedness. This promotes a fear that if parity is reached by too many people, an under class will not readily be available for exploitation. Exploitation needs people.
5. Voodooism. Some people feel voodooism (improbable, unrealistic suppositions) encompasses the core of their existence. They act the way voodooists say they must act.
6. Incarceration. The U.S. prison system, with its spin-off industries, is in a growth-mode. It awaits daily arrivals, especially the young, who are eager to enter its gates.
7. Life. Life is hard for exploited people. American actress Katharine Hepburn (1907-2003) wrote: “Life is to be lived. If you have to support yourself, you had bloody well better find some way that is going to be interesting. And you don’t do that by sitting around.”
Economically viable societies need poor and under-served people for exploitation. Believe this.
Poverty has existed for a very long time, and to varying extents it remains worldwide still now in this 21st century. But to 2018 the 21st century has seen China especially and also India and some Latin America most reducing poverty – with Africa, USA and UK doing worst with any economic progress chiefly benefiting the rich but maybe this will slowly improve somewhat hopefully. In primitive societies it was most often the case that everybody was equally poor, but more modern societies have generally tended to involve poverty being confined to an often substantial minority only – though this can often harm those concerned even more than universal poverty does. Poverty is very harmful to those affected including their health and lifespan, and is also very harmful to societies and to the world generally and it is not necessary.
Absolute poverty involves people and their children having extreme difficulty in merely surviving. Such poverty at its worst can involve hunger amounting to starvation, often combined with inadequate shelter or housing and clothing. Absolute poverty has been common in more primitive societies, and is still common in many Third World countries in Africa, Asia and South America especially where it can afflict the majority of the population.
But many of today’s richer societies like the USA and UK have a poor who are a minority and suffer relative poverty – which generally involves the inability to obtain social necessities available to the majority and is often intensified by social exclusion. In a society where 90% rely on their own computer and car, then those who cannot afford these things may function badly and are poor and may well be ostracised or socially excluded (unlike someone richer who chooses to not have such things and may merely be considered eccentric).
Hence the answer to what is poverty is not simple, as poverty does come in different forms and extents, allowing different definitions of poverty, but it is always harmful to those concerned and especially harmful to children whose biological development and survival chances can also be greatly harmed. Poverty itself means misery to the poor and it also greatly limits their freedom of life choices and makes them vulnerable to other various nasty forms of exploitation including child exploitation. Poverty can also be very harmful to society as a whole, insofar as it can maintain a divided conflict society where the poorer conflict with the richer and acceptance of poverty generally encourages social badness rather than goodness.
Two issues have been preventing most governments from handling poverty well ;
1. Most governments in both rich and poor countries do not see poverty-reduction as being any priority to them, and so do not make much attempt to reduce poverty. The wider benefits of reducing poverty are not widely understood.
2. The few governments in rich or poor countries that do see poverty-reduction as being of some priority to them, have commonly wasted much of the resources they use in mistaken attempts at poverty reduction from not understanding their best policy options for that.
Recent world food prices have been kept high partly by new Biofuel policies, mostly helping to maintain global poverty. 2009 also saw richer countries hit a substantial economic downturn that makes it harder for them to help reduce poverty for some years. And of course all governments do have other problems to try to deal with, and also all have some resource limitations that restrict the actual amount that they can achieve. But mostly governments could certainly do better.
In many poorer countries, the current world recession is also causing family remittances from overseas workers or migrant workers to fall. As more migrant workers lose jobs in Western Europe and the USA, remittances to poor families in Africa, Central Asia and Eastern Europe are expected to be hardest hit. The current recession has also badly affected the relative poor in richer countries as a 2012 report about the UK noted.
The rise of information technology coincides with increasing income inequality.
For a long time the wealthiest lived a life of leisure at the expense of the toiling masses.