Poverty is Just So . . . Inspiring

Just look at what those brown people down in Texas have managed to do. Why, it's the American dream. Well, actually, it's a shantytown with little infrastructure & virtually no social services, though to hear the Times reporter tell it you would think it was a shining city on a hill. Those Texas pols deserve a lot of credit for brining their state so quickly into the 19th century.

Author: jd

Joseph Duemer is Professor of Literature Emeritus at Clarkson University in northern New York state. His most recent book of poems is Magical Thinking from Ohio State University Press. Since the mid-1990s he has spent a good deal of time in Vietnam, mostly Hanoi. He lives with his wife Carole & five terriers (four Jack Russells & one Patterdale) on the stony bank of the Raquette River in South Colton.

2 thoughts on “Poverty is Just So . . . Inspiring”

  1. The article makes no reference to ‘social services’, but to municipal infrastructure like sewer and water lines.

    The settlements in question house about 2% of the population of Texas. That the very poorest in a society lack amenities that have been common for some time in other social sectors is unsurprising.

    If you wish to be dismissive of the efforts of people to incrementally improve their living situation by their own efforts, that’s your problem.

  2. I find people improving their lives incrementally laudable; what I do not find laudable is a social order that has permitted such conditions to exist for so long. And what I especially do not find laudable is credulous gee-whiz reporting that heaps praise on politicians for doing what they should have done fifty years ago.

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