||[Sep. 5th, 2007|07:42 am]
I really fucking hate people who say the poor are poor by choice. It's only ever said by middle-class people who have no idea what poverty really is. They don't get the spiral of low self-esteem, poor opportunities, no optimism for the future. They think in terms of the minimum wage as something you suffer before getting some evil job in a bank, rather than what you expect to be living with for the rest of your life. Your short life, because being born in poverty means you have a lower life-expectancy. Why are poor people more likely to be addicted to alcohol, nicotine, and drugs? Because they're fucking miserable and have nothing to look forward to.
I should possibly clarify my belief that people who claim to be apolitical are right-wing by default. It's because it's hard to be apolitical if you give a shit, and if you don't give a shit you're probably voting for whoever opposes progressive income taxation, welfare opportunities, and so on. It's hard to be truly apolitical if you have a social conscience, and a working proper social conscience will tend to put you towards the left of the spectrum. It's like that, and that's the way it is.