Quotation by John Berger

The poverty of our century is unlike that of any other. It is not, as poverty was before, the result of natural scarcity, but of a set of priorities imposed upon the rest of the world by the rich. Consequently, the modern poor are not pitied ... but written off as trash. The twentieth-century consumer economy has produced the first culture for which a beggar is a reminder of nothing.
John Berger (b. 1926), British author, critic. repr. In Keeping a Rendezvous (1992). "The Soul and the Operator," Expressen (Stockholm, March 19, 1990).
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