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And I would add to material distress, physical distress.  Many people do die here for want of food, want of shelter, want of medical care.  Many, many more are involved in a daily struggle for survival -- to keep their shelter or their kids fed.  This struggle is no less desperate because they happened to acquire a tv along the way.

But I find your point about wealth/poverty being a single thing to be interesting.  What is the road from this to prosperity?  Because it seems we did do it quite well at one point.

I've often argued that from where we are now, we cannot "fix" the bottom without making some changes at the top.  Things are too unbalanced.

Maybe we can eventually make language a complete impediment to understanding. -Hobbes

by Izzy (izzy at eurotrib dot com) on Tue Oct 11th, 2005 at 10:57:12 PM EST
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