We spend far too much time, when it comes to economics, talking about poverty. We have all these narratives about it. People who don't have enough are probably lazy, if not now then earlier in life. They didn't try hard enough at school, or they take the piss at work. They're probably drinking too much. Look at the food they buy, that's disgusting. Besides, they've got Sky TV/that flash jacket/new sunglasses every week/something I don't approve of them buying if they were really that poor......
Let's talk about greed. In stats, because I like them:
- The richest 100 billionaires in the world are worth $240 billion. Oxfam thinks that's enough to END world poverty four times over
- The richest 1% in the world have increased their income by 60% in the last 20 years. The financial "crisis" has just accelerated this wealth grabbing
- Here in Aoteroa, according to Stats NZ, the richest 10% get 25% of our total income, and own 50% of our total wealth