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a follow up to the poverty post

A continuation of the conversation below…

Isaiah: poverty is caused by Scarcity. it can only be alleviated by an increase in the division of labor and the accumulation of capital. anything that facilitates this process will combat poverty

Josh: you should post anon. and say that

Isaiah: anything that prevents it will increase poverty. this is a priori fact and not ideological in any form or fashion

Josh. agreed. however, there is an awful lot of ideological going on in the comments.

Isaiah: people are far too focused on superficial things like political methods of combating poverty. when they should be concerned with the actual mechanisms by which wealth are created. I have a lot of contempt for blaming people for being unable to help themselves, because conditions certainly exist that prevent people from aquiring even the most basic necessities

Josh: amen. that is my hidden agenda

Isaiah: but those conditions are normally caused by human agency rather than actual material scarcity. and that’s what keeps me up at night

Josh: also agreed. and i do think the western world has caused those conditions at times…as has every other govt in the world. but we’re top dog for the moment, so i criticize us a bit more harshly

Isaiah: imperialism always causes these conditions

Josh: i wish you would say that on there. haha

Isaiah: oh well, maybe i will later. post this chatlog in the comments if you want

(emphasis added)

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2 responses

  1. haha.

    “I have a lot of contempt for blaming people for being unable to help themselves, because conditions certainly exist that prevent people from aquiring even the most basic necessities.”

    That was the general direction my brief comment was pointing toward……

    October 2, 2009 at 2:14 pm

  2. “Brief comment” on the previous post?

    October 2, 2009 at 2:47 pm

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