Economic Justice

The Working Poor are the Major Philanthropists

“The ‘working poor’ … are in fact the major philanthropists of our society.

– they neglect their own children
so that the children of others will be cared for;

– they live in substandard housing
so that other homes will be shiny and perfect;

– they endure privation
so that inflation will be low and stock prices high.

To be a member of the working poor is to be

an anonymous donor, a nameless benefactor, to everyone else.”

(Barbara Ehrenreich in “Nickel and Dimed”)

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