By Henry Hazlitt
Lengthy ahead of Charles Murray took at the subject, Henry Hazlitt wrote a superb booklet on poverty that not just supplied an empirical exam of the matter but additionally awarded a rigorous concept for realizing the connection among poverty and source of revenue growth.
He examines poverty within the historical international, the terrible legislation of britain, the development of the center type within the usa, the failure of welfare courses, the fallacies linked to source of revenue redistribution, and the connection among inhabitants and poverty.
Its 20 chapters are impressive essays that make for a well-integrated textual content at the subject, one that holds up as prophetic in each means, having foreshadowing welfare reform but in addition pointing the way in which towards much more radical reforms. the best way out of poverty, he explains, is freedom, and freedom by myself. 240 pages plus index.
242 pages, 6" x 9", paperback
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This offered not one but several definitions of poverty. One 1. Hartley Withers, Poverty and Waste, London, Elder Smith, 1914; Second Revised Edition, John Murray, 1931, p. 4. " How could these 17 million persons exist and survive if they had so much less than enough "to satisfy minimum needs"? In a 50-page study published in 1965,2 Rose D. Friedman subjected these Council estimates to a thorough analysis. Using precisely the same data and the same concept of "nutritive adequacy" as the Council, she found that the dividing line between the poor and the not-poor would be not $3,000, but a figure around $2,200 as the relevant income for a nonfarm family of four.
8 percent, or less than an eighth, to profits available for shareowners. Suppose we look not at what was theoretically available for the shareholders but at what they were actually paid in those years in dividends. In the five years from 1966 to 1970 dividends averaged just about half of corporate profits after taxes. 2 billions. In other words, the corporation employees received almost fourteen times as much in pay as the shareowners received in dividends. So if American workers are being "exploited" by the capitalists, it is certainly not evident on the face of the figures.
Even the militant Negro Marcus Garvey recognized this, though in a somewhat cynical manner: "It seems strange and a paradox, but the only convenient friend the Negro worker or laborer has in America at the present time is the white capitalist. The capitalist being selfish— seeking only the largest profit out of labor—is willing and glad to use Negro labor wherever possible on a scale reasonably below the standard union wage . . "4 In a free market, however, Negro employment does not necessarily depend on acceptance of a lower wage rate.