A letter to Steven Pinker (and Bill Gates, for that matter) about global poverty
Billionaires and politicians have a very convenient – and very wrong – perception of poverty, which they legititimate with incorrect studies. Dear Steven,
I’m writing to respond to a letter you posted regarding claims I made in the Guardian about the global poverty narrative. I’m addressing you directly because I think it’s preferable to engaging in back-channel debates, and because I’d like to invite you to respond to what follows. This is an important question and it demands serious, honest engagement.
The point of my piece was that the story of global poverty is more complex than you and Gates have been willing to acknowledge, and the data do not support your narrative about neoliberal globalization.