John Berger: “The poverty of our century is unlike that of any other”

 A post on current.com on the aftermath of (and run-up to) the earthquake in Haiti prompted one reader to cite John Berger:

The poverty of our century is unlike that of any other. It is not, as poverty was before, the result of natural scarcity, but of a set of priorities imposed upon the rest of the world by the rich. Consequently, the modern poor are not pitied…but written off as trash. The twentieth-century consumer economy has produced the first culture for which a beggar is a reminder of nothing.

http://current.com/items/91925312_where-was-america-before-the-earthquake-when-haitian-kids-were-slaves-eating-mudcakes-to-survive.htm

There is no specific citation provided, though the unsparing language could be drawn from any number of Berger’s works over the past decade.  Its pertinence to Haiti is self-evident.

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One response to “John Berger: “The poverty of our century is unlike that of any other”

  1. Jharna

    To the world’s most good-looking man… n the best writer of them all,
    Wish i could give up a warm hug before sending this…
    http://www.vimeo.com/8451387

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