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.
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.”