Collins, poverty, and exploitation

The Editor,  The Wellingtonian,  Wellington

25 October, 2016

Dear Editor:

Gordon Campbell (Judith Collins and Poverty, 20 Oct) states an eminently rational “third option” response to poverty: ‘promote’ employment with ‘adequate’ wages, and ‘affordable’ housing. This is not only rational but could be easily done as well.  But there is little momentum in that direction.  Why?  That is the question that must be asked. 

The hard part is that the global economy in the last 40 years has been focused mainly on widening the gap between rich, the middle, and poor. The discussion must be framed so that the Ideology of Mega-rich Success is exposed as a last gasp attempt at justifying exploitation as the fundamental philosophy of civilisation.  The connection between exploitation of people and exploitation of the planet through consumerism must be sorted out.  A more self-respecting community based on cooperation could see right through Collins’ divisive characterization of poverty.


Richard Keller



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