Unadulterated Arrogance

Wednesday, May 11, 2005


Umpteen times have I come across sites which displayed a Makepovertyhistory.org banner and hitherto owing to good judgement I refrained from clicking on it; but alas today against my better judgement I clicked on it and went to their site and predictably so the site champions the cause of the poor and the deprived; well its a known fact that I too have my own visions of ending world poverty - Help end poverty, eat the poor and the downtrodden!

Ending world poverty is a utopian idea but alas the world we live in is not. If we were to eradicate poverty who would do all the dirty menial jobs? You and me thats who! Poverty is the only cause for a low wage labour pool which we can exploit. If all were equals, if there were no poor people we would have to do our own dirty work, we couldn't exploit the poor anymore; so ending poverty is not in our best interests. if poverty were to be eradicated, who would buy all the cheap alcohol and other mundane items. What would all the NGO's do once poverty is eradicated? All the employees of these NGO's themselves would need to find another occupation. Its a hierarchical society that we live and hence somebody has to be at the bottom, all cannot be at the upper end of the spectrum.

I am an avid proponent of the laissez-faire school of thought and so if the poor are deprived then its their own wrong doing not ours. The only people to be blamed are the poor. The G8 writing off Africa's debt is not the solution, you or me giving more alms is not the solution, the poor lazy buggers themselves have to get up and start working. The poor remaining poor has got to do more with culture than with economics. The poor are unable to seize the opportunity, this is the outcome of their upbringing and if poverty is to be tackled this is where one should begin. I remember an old adage that my grandfather once told me, "Buy a beggar a fish and he will eat for a day, teach him to fish and he will eat his whole life". But then again I am more comfortable knowing that there are poor people around who will do my menial jobs. The battle between the bourgeois and the proletariat is a never ending one in which both sides are co-dependent on each other; eradicate one and you eradicate the other. I think I might as well start pleasedontmakepovertyhistory.org.


  • Hey! You fooled me! That link doesn't work - and I was so happy, too!

    By Blogger Irina Tsukerman, at 5/12/2005 11:40:00 AM  

  • You're right, in that poverty could never be completely eradicated. We could make it a lot less worse to be poor though. Lessen the gap, so to speak.

    By Anonymous C.b., at 5/12/2005 06:18:00 PM  

  • well irina I have a feeling that sooner or later some other smart alec will start a similar site,

    C.B, if one were to lessen the gap, then those at the upper end would stand to lose.. somebody has to lose, the question is, 'are you willing to lose?'

    By Blogger injinuity, at 5/13/2005 07:43:00 AM  

  • Those stupid banners bother me - but I was thinking of getting one, just because I know it would piss off other peope.

    It's almost as bad as upscale New Yorkers accessorizing their business attire with the latest Tom Friedman book

    By Blogger Gothamimage, at 5/13/2005 11:54:00 PM  

  • "Buy a beggar a fish and he will eat for a day, teach him to fish and he will eat his whole life". I agree with u when u say this.. we shd provide them with proper education and that shd help in improving their std of living. I don't think it is impossible, if each one of us does something to help, even if it means helping out ur maids's kids in their studies..or simply encouraging her to educate their kids and giving them guidance.

    By Blogger Sangeeta, at 5/13/2005 11:57:00 PM  

  • Reading this post of yours- I feel compelled to order you to read some of the late Auberon Waugh's columns (a good used bookstore would have them) compiled. He was very funny and very snotty (as only an Englishman can be) - going after what you are going after.

    By Blogger Gothamimage, at 5/13/2005 11:58:00 PM  

  • W.C, I maybe arrogant but I am not a grouch like him.. but to be honest he had some very valid points to all his writings.

    By Blogger injinuity, at 5/14/2005 01:38:00 PM  

  • a note to all those who are abusing me online for this post... go ahead, it makes no difference; however I would be interested in your arguments and not the expletives and the holier than thou attitude.

    By Blogger injinuity, at 5/15/2005 12:02:00 AM  

  • Which is why communism will never work.

    By Blogger Lorr, at 5/18/2005 05:55:00 AM  

  • communism doesnt work, it failed the soviets, the north koreans are on life support system as well.. capitalism is the only way to go lorr.

    By Blogger injinuity, at 5/18/2005 07:44:00 AM  

  • provocative and well written, but in my opinion as a volunteer member of an association for the development of the african culture, i must say it shows some lack of information on the original causes of the poverty and the reason why the debt is still unpaid up to today.


    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 5/21/2005 07:03:00 AM  

  • Provacative and good writing eh?... guilty as charged mate!! ;-)

    Development of african culture??? oh no.. no more slaves ;-) just kidding..just kidding so put the gun back in the holster.

    If over half a century of helping then has not lead to any substantial improvement then what will?

    By Blogger injinuity, at 5/21/2005 12:19:00 PM  

  • The only people worth helping are those who are willing to help themselves.

    By Blogger Irina Tsukerman, at 5/23/2005 02:34:00 PM  

  • absolutely right Iri

    By Blogger injinuity, at 5/24/2005 02:50:00 PM  

  • That post was the rudest and most cruel post you could ever write! It just proves how selfish and greedy ppl are. How would you like to be poor? you wouldn't. You have no heart.

    By Blogger Benjamin Solah, at 5/28/2005 12:16:00 AM  

  • Benjamin, its not about being cruel, its abuout admitting facts.. you in your infinite wisdo, whats your solution to ending world poverty?

    By Blogger injinuity, at 5/28/2005 01:41:00 AM  

  • Benjamin, I've been there (as in what most people consider poor) - and guess what? - I've the difference being poor where I am from and being poor here is that here you can actually change your social status without having to resort to illicit activities. You have any number of opportunities to make your life decent. All you have to do is try.

    By Blogger Irina Tsukerman, at 5/28/2005 08:29:00 PM  

  • C.B, if one were to lessen the gap, then those at the upper end would stand to lose.. somebody has to lose, the question is, 'are you willing to lose?'

    Have you ever been hungry mate ? not as in missing a meal, but hungry for days. Have you been in a situation that was so hopeless and absolute ruin was the only thing you saw ? If you have not, you are a lucky bastard.
    But bastard you are. And I really hope you take a trip to the other side stare poverty in the face, before your assumed highness dishes out opinions.
    That felt good. Now that i have reacted, i read your post again, and you know what, i am laughing.
    really man get a life. is this the way you want to attract attention, writing pseudo communist, not well thought, propoganda ? Such a fuckin loser.
    Not giving any credence is the best cure for warts like you. warts of society.
    ( yeah , i know you will go ahead and remove this post, but if you do, i'll know and so will other people. what a laughing stock you'll be then )

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 6/03/2005 10:40:00 AM  

  • 1. Why would I remove your posts, do you think yours or for that matter the rants of 3/4ths of the worlds population will make a difference to me.

    2. The main reason I told you that poor remain poor is because of the upbringing, and this upbringing is evident in your usage of profanity. By all means do react but learn to stay within the set norms of decorum, that is why no one like to interact with the poor, lack of class and decorum.

    3. Communist, haha you have no clue about the world do?

    By Blogger injinuity, at 6/03/2005 02:55:00 PM  

  • Anon, I can't speak for injinuity, but I can speak for myself... There've been days when I had very little to eat indeed... when I came to U.S., I was stunted and severely underweighed. And it is because, not in spite of, my experiences that I agree with the Injinuity's post.

    By Blogger Irina Tsukerman, at 6/03/2005 08:01:00 PM  

  • "If over half a century of helping then has not lead to any substantial improvement then what will?"
    it's a fact that up to now the "help" the western countries have given up to today is a form of "colonialism", which has much more interest into the exploitation rather than the development.

    even humanitarian volunteering creates a form of dependence that makes sure that the african population never will become really independent, and one of these is the famous "makepovertyhistory" site, humanitarian stuff, not my food.

    i'm part of the humanist movement, our role when we go in africa is not to go there, feed them, dress them and then move away and wait for africa's poverty to be the "in" topic of the moment *rolls eyes* but rather go there and teach them to "shake up" and become indipendent. your friend said that the only people worth helping are those who help themselves. africans are very fatalists, if they've been exploited for centuries, they take for granted that's what they're doomed to do forever. what we try to do is change this state of mind of theirs, and actually teach them to help theirselves.

    anyhoo, there go my two cents ;)


    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 6/04/2005 03:56:00 AM  

  • Hello Mil,

    U are right, removing them of their dependence is the way to go rather than doing away with their debts, once they are self sufficient they will never look back else you are back to square one...

    and on a personal note, hope your fracture is healed by now.

    By Blogger injinuity, at 6/04/2005 03:27:00 PM  

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