[Hpn] Re: [nhhomeless] Re: [Hpn] NH affordable housing editorial - Your opinion? FWD opinion? FWD

EchoHawk Echohawkusa@prodigy.net
Tue, 12 Sep 2000 03:13:33 -0400

``People don´t know what is happening, and they don´t even know that
they don´t know.´´

Nowhere is this more evident than the economic sphere; specifically the
free market globalization policies that are being imposed on the world

Focuses on how the environment is being destroyed at a phenomenal pace.
Nearly 30 percent of the natural world has been destroyed since 1970
with serious depletion of the forest, freshwater and marine system on
which life depends. Although a growing population is part of the
problem, increased consumption has been the main problem. Under current
economic policies, if the world economy as it is now structured
continues to expand, it will eventually destroy its natural support
systems and decline.

The 1998 Human Development Report, issued by the United Nations
Development Program deals primarily with the social consequences. This
study reveals that only 225 people, the worlds richest billionaires,
have a combined wealth equal to the poorest 47 percent of humankind.
Equally iniquitous is that the three richest people in the world have
assets that exceed the combined gross domestic product of the 48 least
developed countries -- 10 million people.

The one thing at which the free, unregulated free markets are truly
efficient in is transferring wealth from the many to the few. This is
dramatically exposed right here in the United States, the richest of all
free market countries. We have close to 200 billionaires, but nearly 20
percent of American children live in poverty. Some 20 percent of our
senior citizens live out their ``golden years´´ in poverty. The 1997 tax
bill passed by Congress gave the richest 1 percent of Americans annual
tax breaks averaging $11,000, nearly as much as janitors, salespeople,
and food servers make in a year. The richest 1 percent of American
families own more than 40 percent of the national wealth.

The United States now has the worst economic disparity of leading
industrialized nations. This makes a mockery of our professed democratic

The government of this country is not doing enough to make sustainable
development a realistic goal for every individual. The fundamental
constraint to achieving sustainable development is social inequality and
its associated evils: poverty and ignorance.