Saturday, 20 August 2016

Why can’t we see that we’re living in a golden age?

quote [ Part of our problem is one of success. As we get richer, our tolerance for global poverty diminishes. So we get angrier about injustices.

..when we don’t see the progress we have made, we begin to search for scapegoats for the problems that remain. Sometimes, in the past and perhaps today, we have been too quick to try our luck with demagogues who offer simple solutions to make our nations great again — whether by nationalising the economy, blocking imports or throwing out immigrants. If we think we don’t have anything to lose in doing so, it’s because our memories are faulty. ]

I thought this worth sharing
[by pleaides@7:42amGMT]


Hugh E. said @ 2:59pm GMT on 20th Aug [Score:5]
"Scapegoats," or as the people actually experiencing the problem call them, "causes."
HP Lovekraftwerk said @ 2:12pm GMT on 20th Aug [Score:3 Underrated]
This smacks of "they're not really poor, they have a fridge and an iPhone."

Ah, wait. It's the Spectator. Boris Johnson used to edit this right-wing rag, you know.
knumbknutz said[3] @ 10:43pm GMT on 20th Aug [Score:1 Underrated]
Before I even clicked on the article, I knew it was going to be akin to one of the many "those damn uppity slaves - we go out of our way to rescue them from a backwards, primitive, poverty inflicted continent and bring them here out of the goodness of our hearts - give them a place to sleep, meals, and some fulfilling work to do for the day and all they do is gripe and moan" pieces that were saturating the inter-tubes a while back.

Ahh - reminiscence.
satanspenis666 said @ 7:59pm GMT on 20th Aug
Golden age in deed! We are now able to finance our iPhones with 24 month contracts (with our choice of 2 or 3 providers) and our landlords provide free fridges with gouging rent payments, never mind the vermin.
foobar said @ 3:50pm GMT on 20th Aug [Score:1 Insightful]
Progress only happens if we're willing to continually push it forward.
mechavolt said @ 3:52pm GMT on 20th Aug
Things are way better than they used to be, so suck it up and ignore the remaining bad things. Especially you poor people, nobody likes you.
damnit said @ 4:09pm GMT on 20th Aug
You know it's a privileged think piece when you start it off with Trump's scare tactics to drive home the point that we're actually better off (even though we're not).

Because someone living in the UK knows everything there is to know about the world and has YouGov polls to back it up.

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