Just to Put a Number on It

Oil painting of second-cousin's village in Italian Alps, right; Portrait of Trudy Meo, 1990

Oil painting of second-cousin’s village in Italian Alps, right; Portrait of Trudy Meo, 1990

The Economist dated today says (p. 59) that in 1990 1.9 billion people on Earth lived on what today is $1.90 per day. In the same sentence these authors believe the number to be 700 million today, living at that extreme level of poverty.

That accomplishment, that the very poor are one-third as many today as twenty-five years ago, is an accomplishment of the Chinese leadership’s adoption of capitalism.

A Green Party government based on socialism would be inconceivable. We are pragmatist, and would adopt methods to increase human felicity, without recourse to preconceived dogma.

Sustainability, the mantra of our world view, is simply the preference for life.

I illustrate this post with a wall of my study.

About M. Meo

Worked as translator, museum technician, truck lumper, lecture demonstrator, teacher (of English as a Second Language, science, math). Married for 25 years, 2 boys aged 18 & 16 (both on the Grant cross-country team). A couple of scholarly publications in the history of science. Two years in federal penitentiary, 1970/71, for refusing the draft.
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