An article donated by Alton C. Thompson:
Poverty and other matters:
The website of the Institue for Research on Poverty at the University of Wisconsin-Madison discusses how poverty is measured in the United States. Its article begins this way:
The article adds:
This “Basic Statistics” article at www.poverty.org in 2019 lists poverty for several different categories of people; I have used their data to create the following table. Note that this article gives the total in poverty as 38.1 million, rather than the 40.6 million. It’s not clear if this is more recent data, projections for 2019, or something else.
What I wish to note about the above data is that about 12% of USans are in poverty, most of those in poverty being Whites, with Hispanics, being second, and African Americans being close behind. From a percentage standpoint, however, the rankings are the reverse, with far more African Americans, than Whites, relatively, being in poverty.
In describing how Whites explain the disparities, this article notes that there has been a shift in racial prejudice away from the biological foundations and strict segregation of the Jim Crow era, toward the more contemporary era, characterized by a denial of the existence of race-based discrimination, persistent negative stereotypes focused on the idea that blacks violate cherished American values, and a belief in cultural—rather than biological—differences among racial groups. This constellation of beliefs, including but not limited to explanations for racial inequality, is the cornerstone of a new contemporary racial ideology, which has been variously labeled “colorblind racism,” “symbolic racism,” “modern racism,” “racial resentment,” or “laissez faire racism.”
It adds that: working-class white men are the group that is most racially resentful and most opposed to further immigration. This finding is based on analyses of survey data of the whole U.S. population examining both voting behavior and attitudes toward blacks and immigrants, zeroing in on President Donald Trump’s core supporters and the content of his political messaging to them.
Although one wouldn’t know this, from the attention being given today to police brutality against African Americans, the fact of the matter is that:
The above is from a review of White Trash: The 400-Year Untold History of Class in America, by Nancy Isenberg (2016): and Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis, by J. D. Vance (2016).
As one who himself grew up in the working class (my dad was a carpenter), I can appreciate this title: Liberal elites don't have a clue about the white working class! It appears to me that too many of our society’s “leaders” think of the “races” in our society as homogeneous groups. And as a consequence, they fail to recognize variation within not only the African American and Latino groups, but their own racial group as well. And because they fail to recognize that it’s fellow Whites who are the major poverty group in this society, they fail to:
Our “leaders” are not only “clueless” on race matters; of even more importance they are clueless about the threat to our species posed by global warming. They are unlikely to know, for example that:
In 2019-NOV, 11,000 scientists warned of “untold suffering” ahead, and asserted that “we must change how we live.”
One possible response:
I have taken their “we must change how we live” seriously, and propose that ecologically- and societally-conscious entrepreneurs begin creating, and working for the proliferation, of “company-town ecovillages.” Here’s a definition: of an ecovillage.
In being a company town, a company-town ecovillage would have been initiated by one or more entrepreneurs who is/are both ecologically conscious and socially aware. My hope is that any creator(s) of such a community would strive to make it heterogeneos, in racial and other respects. What I have in mind is discussed in this Viking Villages for Today and the much longer A Road to Survival? Note that the “Viking” part is just one possibility. I believe that it was Hägar the Horrible who said that “Everyone loves the Vikings!” That’s why I suggest the creation of Viking-themed company-town ecovillages!
Were my proposal to be implemented, this would constitute a “return” of sorts to a more natural way of life. As anthropologist Alan Barnard asserted recently, on Page 56 of his book Hunters and Gatherers: What We Can Learn From Them (2020), we humans are “designed” for a way of life based on hunting and gathering! (This downloadable book offers a “Paleolithic Prescription”!)
Our hunter-gatherer ancestors lived in small groups, were egalitarian, etc. Given that inequality is the direct cause of many of our social problems, the small size of company-town ecovillages would enable them to be, and continue to be over time, egalitarian.
In my Creating Company-Town Ecovillages I discuss other reasons for creating such communities.
I discuss the historical background of my proposal in this paper: Not Completely Novel
Now, to find entrepreneurs “willing and able” to initiate this “plan”! Or, do all of them lack the wisdom to do so?! But how could that be? After all, does not the “sapiens” in our species name, Homo sapiens, mean “wise”?!
Original posting: 2020-JUN-28
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