Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Yunus on Social Business and Poverty

“Once poverty is gone, we'll need to build museums to display its horrors to future generations. They'll wonder why poverty continued so long in human society - how a few people could live in luxury while billions dwelt in misery, deprivation and despair.”
― Muhammad Yunus, Creating a World Without Poverty: Social Business and the Future of Capitalism

The current situation where big business rapes and pillages the environment and pauperises the majority of the world's population is immoral and unsustainable. Remember history, "they will come after you with their pitchforks".

The luxury aspired to and enjoyed by a small oligarchy is obscene and their lack of concern for others is monumental. I would prefer to have less so that others can live with dignity.

Social Business shows us the dignified way where business is embedded as part of, not an overlord, the society it operates in. Profits are necessary, obscene profits especially when derived from legal tax avoidance are anathema to me and a growing number of people who wonder about the sustainability of current big business.

Sadly I'm not sure that we will ever get to a state of no poverty but it is a fine aspiration.


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