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Well, unless there's something I'm just not understanding, I fail to see the distinction.  If you cannot eat, find clothes or shelter or medical care, and you have to perform all of your bodily functions outside and die of starvation or exposure, that seems pretty third world to me.

And we do indeed have a significant population living this way.  It's hard to admit when it's here in the richest nation on earth, but it is true.  Go to any major city to the bad parts of town and look under the bridges and overpasses -- you'll find camps and whole families.  Barefoot children and malnourished babies.  

Look inside the condemned buildings and you'll find the packs of feral teenagers.  Look at the faces of the boys and girls selling their bodies on the streets, if they still look presentable enough.  This all seems very third world to me, even though the backdrop is different.

But maybe there's a component of this discussion I'm missing.

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

by Izzy (izzy at eurotrib dot com) on Fri Sep 9th, 2005 at 12:47:03 AM EST
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