Wednesday, October 17, 2007

poverty and inequality

Apparently it's the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty. There are posters all over campus telling me to stand up against POVERTY AND INEQUALITY!

I don't get it, though.

If there's poverty, isn't inequality a good thing? Should we all be poor instead?

And if there isn't poverty - if there's downright prosperity, then who gives two craps about whether or not people are equal? Isn't the most important thing that everyone can afford food and clothes and housing - especially if everyone were able to easily afford it?

Why should we care that some people can get a BMW when others can only afford a Yaris?

cross-posted to The Natural Society


Kevin said...

Without a disparity of incomes there is no incentive to work to get ahead. If nobody works then we have no prosperity. Society as a whole will then be much poorer but equal (except those with political connections). This of course is desirable to the socialist mind.

zolton said...

Shock! Some people can't even afford a Yaris!

caulfieldkid said...

That reminds me of something someone once said to me: "I'm glad life's not fair..."

I guess it just depends on your perspective. But yeah. I think you're right.

- shaun

Ryan R said...

The term poverty is often misused in Canada. For most folks, I suspect, it conjures up the images of poor kids in Africa dying from severe starvation and malnutrition.

In Canada, we use the term to refer to folks who can't always afford car insurance, or more than one TV in their house... not a good situation for such folks, but hardly an unbearably cruel situation for society to allow to happen.

And yes, there are homeless people in Canada, unfortunetly, but this is more a problem of skyrocketing housing costs than poverty in and of itself.

zolton said...

Well I can tell you that when I'm on my death bed I'm not going to worry about my individual existence. I will be wondering if these monkey's will pull it off!
Cm on people who believe that right and wrong exist, drop your unfounded duality and join the Grey!

marginalizedactiondinosaur said...

If you were paid the same to be a doctor as clean tables why do 8+ years in university.

If you took all the wealth and found there was on average 100k per canadian and could cut it up.

At the end of 1 year some would have pissed it away and the ones who had the most equity before why would they want to work hard this time? Just to give it away again.

We have the richest poor people in the world in Canada.

So to eliminate povertyy are we alolowed to get rid of affirmative action and force everyone to work.