I think this is one reason that wokeness generates so much more revolutionary passion among young Americans than socialism does. Young Americans would *like* a wealth tax, but they're not willing to get their eyeballs popped by rubber bullets in order to get it.
My biggest complaint about American culture is the general lack of respect. Much of our culture centers around finding reasons to tell each other that we suck. Now, that toxic put-down culture is coming back to bite us in a big way.
1. The lower the poverty threshold, the more important it is. Reducing $1.90/day poverty is more important than reducing $3.10/day poverty, which is more important than reducing $5.50/day poverty, etc. etc.
Dismissing the $1.90 threshold is therefore ridiculous...
2. The article's author dismisses the idea that growth reduces poverty. Growth reduces poverty far more than anything else.
Hypothesis: Much of the intolerance on the intellectual Left comes as a backlash to the insane, neverending aggression of the online Right. The GamerGaters and Nazis and rape threats come from everywhere and nowhere. How else to end the madness but to clamp down hard everywhere?
Assholes always sent threats and harassment by email. But social media now allows them to brigade people on a scale unimaginable even in 2010. They rove across the internet, always looking for the next target. It doesn't even take that many to make people feel besieged.
So what do people want to do in response?
Clamp down hard. Everywhere. With maximum force.
The online rightist brigades have thus sowed the seeds of distrust and hate throughout our entire society.
3/But it's interesting that experiences of discrimination in America could spur Chinese people to increase their support the Chinese government -- a regime that has killed and oppressed many more Chinese people than America ever has (and still does).
Twitter basically took the comments sections of articles and blog posts and imagined: "What if all discussion were just that?"
By utterly leveling the playing field for public discussion, Twitter smashed media elitism.
It also forced smart and honest people to spend near-infinite time debunking stupidity and disinformation.
A large % of viral tweets are either inaccurate or distorted. Naturally, well-informed and reasonable people quickly swarm to correct each one. But even if they succeed, one random fool just wasted hours of well-informed and reasonable people's lives...for no social gain.
Once you read "Homage to Catalonia" and "The Battle for Spain", you start to see patterns in leftist movements everywhere...it's always the Communists, the Anarchists, the Trotskyists, and the Republicans...
The Anarchists: The true revolutionaries. Idealistic utopians. Usually from disadvantaged backgrounds. Want to change everything about history, society, and culture. Usually lack organization and a coherent vision, but fight very hard.
The Republicans: Center-left squishes. Want evolutionary leftism through democratic elections. Intent on building a big tent, so they ally with revolutionaries while trying to temper their fervor.
Singapore's housing system is amazing. The government builds the houses but people effectively own them instead of renting, and can re-sell them. The government manages supply and downpayment assistance so that young people can consistently build wealth.
It's basically like if every generation got what the WW2 generation got in America -- forever.
And note that Singapore's system is not social housing. Only 6% of the units built by the government are rented out. Almost all units are privately owned (technically, on 99-year leases). It's a managed ownership society, not a social housing model.