The poverty of our century is unlike that of any other.
It is not, as poverty was before, the result of natural scarcity,
but of a set of priorities imposed upon the rest of the world by the rich.
Consequently, the modern poor are not pitied…
but written off as trash.
The 20th – century consumer economy has produced the first culture
for which a beggar is a remind of nothing.
- John Berger