But they are living longer, eating better, and learning to read
: “So the conventional wisdom in development economics has long been that to boost the prospects of the world’s poor, one needs to boost their incomes. This is still true, but as World Bank economist Charles Kenny points out in a provocative article titled ‘Why Are We Worried About Income? Nearly Everything that Matters is Converging,’ income growth does not tell the full story.
Even though some of the world’s poorest people are not earning much more than they were two generations ago, they’re still living much better than they were. In fact, many quality of life indicators are converging toward levels found in the richer countries.” (Reason)
Is this a new version of the slaveowners’ argument that their slaves should be grateful for how well they treated them, rather than simply agitating for their freedom?