UN: For Many Americans, The U.S. Is Approaching Third World Conditions

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The United Nations' expert on extreme poverty called America's approach to poverty "cruel and inhuman".

United Nations special rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights Philip Alston said in his recent report that the United States is “cruel and inhuman” in its approach to America’s poor.

Alston also noted that more than five million Americans are living in what he described as “third world” conditions.

Via West Virginia Public Broadcasting:

In a statement, Alston called the U.S. “cruel and inhuman” -- referring to the 40 million people who live in poverty here even though the United States is one of the world’s wealthiest countries.

Alston said the Trump Administration has brought massive tax breaks for corporations and the very wealthy, while orchestrating a systematic assault on the welfare system. This approach, Alston said, seems to be aimed at maximizing inequality and results in forcing millions of working Americans into extreme poverty.

He also noted that the U.S. has the “highest income inequality in the Western world, the highest incarceration rate in the entire world and one of the lowest turnout rates in elections among developed countries.”

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Jdrhuk
Jdrhuk

Not surprising as it's all around us, but still a wake up call when one sees it in Black and white!

MorgaineSwann
MorgaineSwann

This is the result of a deliberate campaign led by the Koch Brothers and the Republican party. America is barely a democracy anymore. I never thought I'd say this, but when I see the conditions we're in and look at the children locked in cages, I wish for outside intervention. We can't trust the integrity of our elections anymore.