Friday, July 29, 2016

Rapid Descent To Chaos

The morning newspaper is grim. Article after article describes bitter conflicts between radical Islamic fundamentalists versus everybody else. This conflict is born of bitterness and reflects the misery of abject poverty among so many Muslims. There are millions who live in terrible conditions with nothing to eat, shelter, clothe, or educate. There is no foreseeable way for these down trodden human beings to raise themselves to minimum human standards. 

The entire world of people who have, by whatever resource, risen to the state of living and working in conditions that are equal  to that of the lowest level of organized civilization, are  effectively ignored. No human agency has been able to relieve the miserable poor. Churches of every religion  have failed. Governments have failed. The world wide very rich have failed. Charitable institutions have failed.  Organizations composed of all of these, like the United Nations, have failed.

There are still people that lack fresh water, edible foods, adequate shelter, and protection from those who are criminals or have power.  We tend to think these people live in Africa, China, India, and Arabia. In fact they also live in every country or area of the world. Ours included.

Every metropolitan area in America has a small population of the very poor, homeless, and hungry. In numbers this population may or may not be in the millions, but it is there - and it is a disgrace to everyone else in the country. Almost all economists and social scientists agree that within American borders there is enough natural assets and wealth to provide whatever assistance is needed to:

  •  raise our nation's impoverished population to  minimum liveable conditions
  •  to employ those who can work
  •  to educate the impoverished young 

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