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Tuesday, October 22, 2013

“Romanticizing Poverty” Provides Legitimacy To Social Inequality

An introduction into just how "romantic" poverty is today in Obama's paradise for the working poor, destitute Seniors, Veterans

GLOBAL RESEARCH
By Claire Quiney
10/21/2013

Following in the wake of the most recent, all-too predictable bogus "Congress vs.White House" debacle, the Obama propagandists are capitalizing on the climate of national relief to once again continue their insidious assault on Social Security and Medicare.


Evil now holds sway over America
 The so-called "mainstream media" is trumpeting their cause, having been compromised, bought and paid for by government and corporate interests.  

Obama, along with Congress will not stop until they have completely destroyed Social Security and Medicare, for to leave them intact would mean replacing the looted money, which is now impossible. The destruction of both programs would also allow them the opportunity for a final looting, while at the same time avoiding prosecution and prison. - Ed.

How pop culture and Hollywood portray a working poor life as uncomplicated, void of stress, pure, and moral.

Working poor is not a lifestyle choice:





Romanticizing Poverty

How pop culture portrays a working poor life as uncomplicated, void of stress, pure, and moral.

Working poor is not a lifestyle choice:

Job promotions and performance reviews' [1]

Or Simple routine and morality'

We’re oversimplifying.

Movie Portrayals of Poverty:

1.) Deeply moralistic and contented:

Beasts of the Southern Wild, Slumdog Millionaire,The Son,Good Will Hunting [1]

2.) In need of assistance from a wealthy–often white–character from higher socioeconomic status:

The Help, The Soloist, The Dark Knight Rises

In pop-culture and fashion:

Bohemian: pushes aside capitalist framework and stability for what they are passionate about. [1]

Bourgeois-Bohemian: mimic the daily “simplicity of working poor, without giving up financial stability.

Dick Haynes, President and Founder, Urban Outfitters: [1]

Urban Outfitters is for the “upscale homeless.”

Nothing says homeless like the $144 “Bitching & Junkfood Algardi Velvet Swing Dress” [2]

The “live below the line” campaign challenged participants to live below Canada’s poverty line ($1.75 a day) [1]

FOR 5 DAYS…

With the knowledge they can return to overblown savings accounts.

We think of working poor as a destination. It’s exotic. But that stage wears off.

1.) Poverty shrinks your brain from chronic stress:

Long term stress shrinks the prefrontal cortex[8], insular cortex, and subgenual anterior cingulate [9] regions. [7]

All of which affect reasoning, decision making, emotions, and self-control.

So… you’re deeper in the hole.

2.)It has the highest correlations to substance abuse, broken homes, violence, and health problems

For every 1 child abused in a house making >$30,000: [5]

22 are abused in houses making <$15,000

Those with only a high school education 12% likelier to commit violent crimes. [6]

For every one child who is stunted, or in the hospital, twice as many impoverished children suffer from the same conditions. [10]

3.) Those living in poverty die earlier.

4.) And for many it never ends (it’s cyclical):

71% of children whose parents were born in the lower half of income distribution are upwardly mobile, but by much. [4]

Only 38% of people born into the lower half of income distribution make it to the upper half. [4]

Romanticizing poverty makes people think it doesn’t need to change. Don’t romanticize poverty.

Citations:
  1. https://medium.com/editors-picks/a29bf287ba17
  2. http://www.urbanoutfitters.com/urban/catalog/productdetail.jsp?id=28802635&parentid=W_APP_DRESSES
  3. http://www.socialsecurity.gov/policy/docs/ssb/v67n3/v67n3p1.html
  4. http://www.bestpsychologydegrees.org/parents-matter/
  5. http://www.judiciary.state.nj.us/conferences/2A-4/Protecting_Children_Article_on_Poverty_and_Neglect.pdf/
  6. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3015237/table/T2/#TFN3
  7. http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/how-risky-is-it-really/201203/chronic-stress-can-shrink-your-brain
  8. http://mybrainnotes.com/amygdala-prefrontal-cortex.jpg
  9. http://dericbownds.net/uploaded_images/Sub_gen.gif
  10. http://www.princeton.edu/futureofchildren/publications/docs/07_02_03.pdf (Table 1)




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