Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Michael Harrington on Poverty

This post is a call for two things: (1) Reinvigorate the influence of Michael Harrington's ideas on the federal government, which has drastically waned since the days of LBJ, and (2) post more of William F. Buckley, Jr.'s Firing Line program on YouTube. The first two minutes or so of this lamentably short video clip consist of Buckley making jabs at what he clearly believes is the hypocrisy of any lefty or liberal being concerned about, or having once taken a vow of, poverty. No matter, Harrington's definition, adjusting for inflation, distills into this: If you have to make a choice between necessities (not luxuries) for yourself or your family, say between nutricious food and adequate housing, or between adequate housing and adequate health care, etc., then guess what? You're living in poverty.

Michael Harrington's The Other America.

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