: Yeah, sad news for socialists and communists and greens and the whole kit and boodle.
No you dont get it. Being poor is not about lacking food and shelter. I mean it is right now, certainly true for many millions, but that isnt the point.
the point is inequality - relative wealth. If everyone in the world had excellent food and shelter, but some had much more then the first group would be the new victims of oppression etc.
I have discovered that any absolute standards of poverty have no place in discussing it with people who perceive themselves as egalitarian - nor is relieving poverty in and of itself the primary goal, its a sub-goal, as part of creating a society with equal outcomes/conditions.
see? really, some people ;-)