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People of Means Should Focus More on People of Poverty


Author(s): Scott Douglas Jacobsen

Publication (Outlet/Website): Medium (Personal)

Publication Date (yyyy/mm/dd): 2019/02/05

Professional billionaire, Howard Schultz, recently, made a statement that ruffled some feathers, plucked others, and raised the attention of some.

He spoke of the need to not name billionaires “billionaires,” or, one may presume, millionaires “millionaires,” but, rather, billionaires “people of means.”

This is an interesting twist of the conversation had for some time about economic inequality and its ill-effects because of the detriment to the infrastructure and social health of nations, especially with the needed services of the non-billionaire or non-millionaire classes, also known as the “people of poverty.”

As with the rise of the Occupy movement or the variety of new anti-poverty campaigns and the statements about the great destruction to democratic and social institutions derived or following from massive income inequality, the attempt to shift the titling into the notion of “people of means” simply is not only a terrible painting over the pain and misery of millions but also the lack of focus of those more in need, in more dire circumstances, and completely apart from those billionaires wanting to be known as people of means — who want to be seen as part of the common people but just cannot given the massive disparity in their ways of life, treatment by others, and general life trajectories to the top of the wealthiest.

“People of means” is comical. But people of poverty or the poor are not, nor are the circumstances of the penurious and struggling around the world, especially in comparison to billionaires like Howard Schultz.


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