A Different Type of Poverty

Journalist Sasha Abramsky looks at what it means to be poor in America.


How have America's attempts to reduce poverty compared to the efforts of other western nations?

This is one of the great eye-openers. America is the wealthiest nation in the world, yet it has higher levels of poverty than any other western democracy. Its poverty rates compare more with a country like Romania than with countries like Canada, France or Germany. It doesn't have to be that way. There are plenty of politicians out there thinking about anti-poverty strategies. There are plenty of intelligent academics, think tanks and so on. I think the conversation is shifting. I hope my book becomes a part of that conversation, but it's a work in progress. You've got to convince a lot of people at a lot of different parts of the political process that this is an issue worth investing time, energy and political capital in.

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