The Politics of World Hunger: Grass-Roots Politics and World Poverty

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4
A Widening Gap

People go hungry because they are poor. We cannot come to terms with hunger unless we deal with poverty. And we cannot understand poverty apart from a rapidly growing gap between the haves and the have nots of the world.

Poverty in most countries defies the imagination. Peter Drucker has said:

What impresses the outside world about the United States today is not how our rich men live--the world has seen riches before, and on a larger and more ostentatious scale. What impresses the outside world is how the poor of this country live. "Up to Poverty" is the proper slogan for the great world-wide vision and improvement.

Drucker has a point. Where in our own cities do you see--as you can in India-- people carrying buckets of water from or bathing at public water taps, emaciated cattle wandering in the streets, women scooping up piles of dung for use as fuel, children picking out undigested grains from the dung for food, people sleeping in the streets, urinating in the streets, begging in the streets, competing for garbage in the streets, and dying in the streets?

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  • Title Page v
  • Contents ix
  • A Note to the Reader xix
  • Part 1 - Hunger, Population, and Poverty 1
  • 1 - Establishing a Point of View 3
  • 2 - The Hungry Majority 19
  • 3 - The Poor Have More 45
  • 4 - A Widening Gap 71
  • Part II - The Way Out 79
  • 5 - The Development Struggle 81
  • 6 - Agricultural Development 91
  • 7 - Industrial Development 98
  • 8 - Trade 104
  • 9 - Economic Assistance 109
  • 10 - Models of Development 114
  • 11 - Food or Clean Air ? 129
  • Part III - U.S. Policy 143
  • 12 - The Rediscovery of America 145
  • 13 - Trade, Free and Fair 154
  • 14 - Profits Abroad 161
  • 15 - Foreign Aid: a Case of Intentions 167
  • 16 - Let Them Eat Missiles 183
  • Part IV - A Program for Action 195
  • 17 - Proposal for Global Development 197
  • 18 - Political Nuts and Bolts 213
  • Index 239
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