Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Interesting statement

Like the progressivism of the 1900s, but unlike the labor movement and agrarian populism, the progressivism of the 2000s is a movement of haves motivated by pity for the have-littles and have-nots, rather than a movement of have-littles and have-nots motivated by self-interest. And because they are, or believe themselves to be, motivated by philanthropy, the progressive haves are less interested in the economic struggles of the have-littles of the broad working class than in rescuing a far smaller number of have-nots from dire poverty.


http://www.salon.com/opinion/feature/2009/08/25/labor/index.html

1 comment:

Adventures In China said...

Wow, that is interesting. And food for thought.

It's eye-opening living in a place with no expectation of a social safety net. People die here because they're poor. And that's just the way it is. And my cultural upbringing tells me this is wrong and unfair, that we have to save everyone. And it's hard to accept that that attitude is a product of cultural upbringing, not just inherently the way the world is.