There is more poverty on this earth today than ever before, with both absolute and relative poverty guaranteed to accelerate their increasing trend. The horrendous lie of our generation is the one that poverty is being reduced right around the world. In fact it is increasing but there are diabolical efforts to mask this.
Abominable propaganda demands that we should believe that the majority of the world’s poor are being lifted from poverty and that in generations to come there will be less absolute poverty. More than half the world’s humanity lives on less than $2.50 per day. One billion people cannot read or write.
We are sold definitions of extreme poverty that are regularly redefined so as to portray trends that poverty is declining. The World Bank sets the international poverty line. In 2015 the poverty line was set at someone living on or less than $1.90 per day. As if to argue that someone living on $3 or $5 dollars a day does not live in extreme poverty.
We are often encouraged away from monetary poverty line measures and we are propagandised to calorific measures as to determine extreme poverty. Billions live in poverty, tens of millions flee as refugees, however the majority of the rest live depleted lives, corralled in human misery, drudgery, suffering. Yet there are those in society, including among academics and the chattering classes, who suggest that their economic poverty is not a sufficient measure. That’s because we want to sell a narrative that this world is not as grim as it really is.
If the poverty line was measured at $2.50 per day then more than half of the world’s population is living below the poverty line. If the poverty line was measured at $10 per day then more than seven in ten of people live below the poverty line.
Nine out of ten people are affected by either absolute or relative poverty, and though median wages are on the increase, the gap between the majority and the sliver at the top of humankind is outrageously widening.
If poverty was genuinely decreasing then the world’s suicide rates would be decreasing. The global suicide toll is increasing. On average more people suicide than the combined death toll from wars, civil strife, murders and vehicular fatalities. On average, officially one million people suicide each year. The poverty narrative and suicide intersect.
Historically, and contemporaneously, the majority of humanity has lived humbly while a sliver of humanity, the elite, enjoyed living conditions sponsored by an excessive accumulation of resources. But more people walk this earth today than ever before and extreme poverty, absolute and relative poverty is majorly visible; it is an unavoidable experience even in the most affluent nations.
Industrialisation and the technological advances have been argued as increasing the share of people in wealth, in improving public health, in improving life expectancy. But then why do seven in ten people on this earth live poor, living on or less than $10 a day? Why does more than half the world live on less than $2.50 per day? Why are one billion people unable to read or write?
The decrease in poverty rates is because of a tampering of figures, calculations and premises.
It serves the interests of muddle minded vainglorious researchers and policy makers to deny poverty even in the face of poverty. These researchers and policy makers serve bureaucrats and governments who are managed by the forces that created extreme, absolute and relative poverty.
Equality is a pipedream. In the deviations from addressing poverty uncompromisingly we sell minimum rights for human rights, we sell calorific requirements for baseline living, for less than what are in effect half-lives and we sell portrayals of satisfaction levels among the poorest as happiness. There has never been a war on poverty, rather only a mass deceit. We spend more on the industries set up to respond to disadvantage than we actually spend on ending disadvantage.
Despite the majority of humanity living in poverty, relatively the world’s media reports very little on poverty, reports predominately ridiculous positive stories from within the cesspools of despair, deprivation and drudgery. There is a disinterest in telling the truth about the extensiveness of the world’s poverty.
Imagine if you had to live on only a few dollars a day? The majority of humanity survives as long as they can on a few dollars a day.
The World Bank argues that in 1980 nearly 50 per cent of the world’s people lived in absolute poverty and that in 2010 the absolute poor declined to 15 per cent, and by 2015 to 11 per cent. Horrendous lies, it must be stated. Sixty cents of variance a day is being used to bullshit us and to betray billions of people, to comfort the greedy, their sycophants, the academics, the chattering classes, the bureaucrats, policy makers and governments.
It is said that no lie lives forever but they do, unless enough rise to challenge the deceit and the politics that sold the lies.
Challenge the deceitful and never again accept that extreme poverty is someone living on less than a $1 per day. Living on $2 or $3 a day should never be sold as living well above extreme poverty levels.
I argue that more than two billion children live in poverty and despite UNICEF arguing that 22,000 children tragically die each day due to poverty I estimate that it’s 50,000 deaths daily.
Australia is not spared. The increasing poverty is harrowingly visible, the homeless in the commercial precincts of capital cities and large towns but nevertheless there is a hostile denial to acknowledging the extensiveness of poverty, absolute and relative, in the Australian context.
The majority of Australians are unemployed or underemployed but we are told that the jobless are only 5 or 6 per cent. Scoundrels produce data from inauthentic starting points and all of a sudden not all the unemployed are counted. If you work one hour per week you are defined as employed. If you are not registered with Centrelink as looking for work and completing the number of job searches required then you are not counted as unemployed.
If Australia were to authentically redefine its socioeconomic staring points then we would be told that at least six million Australians live in poverty. There are two million Australian children living in poverty rather than the 740,000 children we are officially told, or allowed to believe.
The Australian Bureau of Statistics underestimates Australia’s homelessness –instead of 110,000 it’s closer to 300,000 homeless Australians. The average age of Australians is 38 years and in the twilight years of todays 30 something year olds, they will know this nation with a million homeless, a nation racked with poverty, and of a world where no government will be able to hide the extensiveness of poverty and its sufferings. They may remember that they were lied to, that the empty streets of our senses tomorrow, the chaos and horrors, were of makings borne, perpetuated today.