Americas endless wars on humanity at home and abroad expose
its imperial rage for unchallenged global dominance, no matter the
human toll, exploiting its own people like others abroad.
Vast destruction and millions of casualties attest to its
brutality, revealing its contempt for human and civil rights, world
peace and rule of law principles.
Poverty, homelessness, hunger, unemployment, underemployment,
and overall deprivation in America increase under either wing of
its duopoly governance while Wall Street, other corporate
predators, and its privileged class never had things better.
UN Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human
rights Philip Alston published
a report on poverty,
deprivation, and despair in America a damning indictment of what he
He visited California, Alabama, Georgia, Puerto Rico, West
Virginia, and Washington DC, meeting with experts, civil society
groups, federal and state officials, along with impoverished and
For countless millions of poor and neglected people, the nation
is a wasteland of dystopian harshness, deprivation, and despair the
Constitutions general welfare clause forgot, Alston, saying:
My visit coincide(d) with a dramatic change of direction in
US policies relating to inequality and extreme poverty.
The proposed tax reform package stakes out Americas bid to
become the most unequal society in the world, and will greatly
increase the already high levels of wealth and income inequality
between the richest 1% and the poorest 50% of Americans.
The dramatic cuts in welfare, foreshadowed by the President
and Speaker Ryan, and already beginning to be implemented by the
administration, will essentially shred crucial dimensions of a
safety net that is already full of holes.
It is against this background that my report is
The worlds richest country increasingly doesnt give a damn about
its poor and disadvantaged.
Alston witnessed deprivation and despair firsthand, meeting with
people barely surviving on Skid Row in Los Angeles.
In San Francisco, he encountered a police officer telling a
group of homeless people to move on but having no answer when asked
where they could move to.
He discovered how thousands of poor people get minor infraction
notices which seem to be intentionally designed to quickly explode
into unpayable debt, incarceration, and the replenishment of
He saw sewage-filled areas where state authorities dont consider
sanitation important in impoverished areas.
He saw toothless adults unable to afford proper dental care. He
learned about deaths and diseases from prescription and other drug
He saw human...