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It might, but the issue is that we can't assume it will.  In order to make the case that things will improve for the poor or at least not get dramatically worse we have to show that the global institutional framework we call the American Empire or Pax Americana is actually what is keeping the poor from prospering rather than what is allowing the poor to be born and exist.  

Is the American Empire and its associated neo-liberal institutions and narratives actually causing resources or potential capacities for living to be taken away from people who otherwise would have access to more of those things?  Or are the poor merely multiplying under the protective, if miserable, umbrella of cheaper food, fiber, and medicine than would have been available to them otherwise, allowing them to exist when they otherwise never would have been born?  It's not an easy question.

by santiago on Tue Nov 23rd, 2010 at 07:48:38 PM EST
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