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Tuesday, 12 June 2018

12 June 2018. Why Poverty?

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Poverty exists because of greed. Most of those responsible call themselves “conservatives”… when you read hokum written by amoral Mammon-worshipping filth like Rod Dreher, Pat Buchanan, or James Jatras, understand that they champion a society where the rich run roughshod over all the rest of us and their Upper Middle running dogs (like them) snatch a disproportionate share of the pie.

There’s enough for everyone to have a moderate sufficiency. The fact that they don’t is due to the greed of the ruling class and their grasping Upper Middle minions. By the way…. “liberals” such as the Clintons, Chuck Schumer, and Nancy Pelosi are no better than “conservatives” are. They’re just as fervent in their worship of money and power. However, they try to hide it under a smarmy exterior, which makes them worse than Dreher and Jatras are (and those two are rather deep in their espousal of a ruthless and cruel Mammon-ruled society). At least the “conservatives” are openly feral and honestly anti-religious (while mouthing pietistic religiosity, no less), they’re not liars like the “liberals” are.

Sad, ain’t it? The Republicans are godless worshippers at Mammon’s Altar, and the Dems aren’t far behind them in fervour for Filthy Lucre and the Almighty Dollar. I voted for Dr Jill and Brother Ajamu… I didn’t vote for evil…

BMD

 

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Wednesday, 6 June 2018

Chinese Terminology: Xiaokang Society

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China’s most important goal over the next five years is to build a society of moderate prosperity, a “xiaokang society”. The word “xiaokang” literally means “moderate well-being”. It was actually first mentioned in China 2,000 years ago as a social state in which people led a comfortable life. However, what would a xiaokang society look like today? First, no one would be below the poverty line. China would strive to eradicate absolute poverty in the most remote areas. People would receive guarantees about their livelihoods. A programme to promote better living standards in urban areas would cover a wide group of people in need. More students would get a tertiary education. Improved healthcare and living conditions would also benefit more people. Social fairness and justice would facilitate and guarantee people’s fundamental interests. At the same time, more measures would tackle environmental problems for bluer skies, a greener earth, and cleaner water. In 1979, Chinese leader Deng Xiaoping used the term “xiaokang society” for the nation’s modernisation drive. Now, to turn China into a country of moderate prosperity, it requires greater advances in the economy, fuller democracy, and progress in science and education.

19 October 2017

CGTN

https://news.cgtn.com/news/7767544f30597a6333566d54/share_p.html

Tuesday, 5 June 2018

UN Special Rapporteur: Millions of US Citizens Live in Third World Conditions

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More than 40 million US citizens live in poverty and some five million live in Third World conditions because of inhumane government policies, UN investigators revealed in a report. UN Special Rapporteur on Extreme Poverty and Human Rights Philip Alston said in a report released on Monday:

For one of the world’s wealthiest countries to have 40 million people living in poverty and over five million living in Third World conditions is cruel and inhuman. The Trump Administration’s tax reform bill is facilitating inequality by attacking the US welfare system. Poverty in the USA appears to be fuelled by contempt along with a “winner takes all” mentality. Individuals in poverty are prone to being jailed. The US legal system is used to raise revenue for states instead of its mission to promote justice. About 11 million people are sent to local jails each year in the USA. The USA now has the highest income inequality in the Western world, the highest incarceration rate in the entire world, and one of the lowest turnout rates in elections amongst developed countries.

The findings are the result of a UN fact-finding team that visited the US states of California, Alabama, Georgia, Puerto Rico, West Virginia, and Washington DC from 1-15 December 2017.

5 June 2018

Sputnik International              

https://sputniknews.com/us/201806051065101581-usa-un-report-citizens-poverty/

Sunday, 3 June 2018

Xi Jinping: “No One Should Be Left Behind” As China Develops

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Chinese leader Xi Jinping said, “no one should be left behind” as the country develops, while reviewing progress and plans to eliminate poverty by the year 2020. He said:

On the march toward common prosperity, no one should be left behind.

As China’s leadership pushes to realise its promise to lift the last 30 million residents out of poverty within three years, Friday’s meeting identified “three tough battles”, including “reducing poverty, preventing financial risks, and tackling pollution”. The Communist Party of China set 2020 as the deadline to achieve a “moderately prosperous society in all respects” China had enormous success in its anti-poverty campaign, which the World Bank called “the most rapid large-scale poverty reduction in human history”. However, at the end of 2017, around 30 million Chinese remained in conditions of poverty, concentrated in remote rural areas. Liu Yongfu, director of the State Council Leading Group Office of Poverty Alleviation and Development, said:

We’ll work to foster local industries, create new jobs, and strengthen aid to the aged, the disabled, and people who are seriously ill.

Efforts were focused primarily on boosting local economies, providing greater state safety nets, constructing housing, and building modern infrastructure.

2 June 2018

Telesur

https://www.telesurtv.net/english/news/Xi-Jinping-No-One-Should-Be-Left-Behind-As-China-Develops-20180602-0018.html

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