In the afterword to the tenth anniversary edition of Nickeled and Dimed, Barbara Ehrenreich reveals America to be a society that actively hates, torments, and criminalizes the poor.
One is reminded of Psalm 82:
God has taken his place in the divine council;
in the midst of the gods he holds judgement:
‘How long will you judge unjustly
and show partiality to the wicked?
Give justice to the weak and the orphan;
maintain the right of the lowly and the destitute.
Rescue the weak and the needy;
deliver them from the hand of the wicked.’
They have neither knowledge nor understanding,
they walk around in darkness;
all the foundations of the earth are shaken.
I say, ‘You are gods,
children of the Most High, all of you;
nevertheless, you shall die like mortals,
and fall like any prince.’
Rise up, O God, judge the earth;
for all the nations belong to you!
The nations that come under God’s judgment, however, are simply failing to intervene on behalf of the poor — presumably the psalmist could not envision a situation in which the poor were being actively punished and humiliated on a daily basis. Read the rest of this entry »