poverty is a great tool/weapon for psychological warfare in a capitalist society.
economics is the management of scarcity by definition. the institutional ability to create artificial scarcity is reserved by those who maintain capitalism as the global economic standard. there are a few geographic regions identifying as the political states commonly recognized as countries that still claim socialism. it often appears that even these states operate using capitalistic behaviors in the global arena if not within their political borders as well.
the general population is often led to believe that they have a role in determining the policies that shape their lives. some states make it very clear that the population does not have a role. such arrangements are historically claimed to be for the better benefit of the uneducated masses. oddly, in many of the situations where this is the choice made by state leaders, there are little to no programs established to educate the masses to the point of being intellectually proficient enough to assume this role in the future.
the more deviant states tend to portray the general population as being actively involved in the process of policy determination while using various traditions & institutions to essentially disable the population by as many ways as there are minds to create the laws of the land. in these situations, 1 can generally observe Orwellian practices that define hypocrisy at its highest levels of being.
doublespeak is relatively insufficient in describing these situations. doubleact is likely more apt to describe these environments. this is where poverty plays its part by thoroughly disabling the thought process of the masses.
is it fair to term these practice of perpetuating poverty as war tactics?
to use a cliche, all is fair in love & war. no mind that has a love for life would tolerate the presence of poverty as it is observed to exist in contemporary society.
there is supposedly a war on poverty in the United States. there was 1 declared at 1 point. it could be ongoing. if it is or isn't, the losses are staggering. psychologically speaking, the losses are mind shattering.
from a basic level, the mind of a huebein is very responsive to perception of the senses. from a biological level, the mind requires that the body be relatively functional in order for it to focus on thoughts & growth. perceptions of threat are extremely disruptive to mental process. consistent exposure to high levels of threat is generally recognized to cause mental disorder like post traumatic stress for example. poverty & the circumstances associated w/it are highly proficient at creating & perpetuating physiological & psychological threats through a lack of nutrition, safety, shelter, etc.
in a capitalist society, the alleviation of these threats tends to require a fluid availability of capital. the lack of access to such fluidity is highly disruptive to the process of mind elevation. mind elevation is synonymous w/progress for the general population. for state leaders to not make it a priority that the general population is well educated enough to combat such threats is an indication of the true aims of the state.
there has been a consistent annual trend for several decades for the cost of education to steadily increase while the availability of funding has decreased.
who is making these decisions? the general population?
is the general population benefiting from being less educated in a capitalist society where the less educated are far more likely to fail miserably at obtaining &/or managing capital?
who is benefiting from the creation of circumstances where it is more & more difficult to become well educated enough to function intellectually as a capitalist?
the answers to these questions make it a bit difficult to argue that poverty is not a form of psychological warfare being used on an institutional level. there are policies being created & put into place that reflect patterns of behavior that are hostile to the general population of the various political states around the planet.
these hostile behaviors are an attack on the general population.
is that not war?