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I said somewhere I am reading Zola’s the earth. It’s such a work!

Somewhere he writes

Is misfortune ever at an end? This universal suffrage, now, it don’t bring meat to the pot, does it? The land tax weighs us down, they keep on taking our children to fight. It’s not a bit of use having revolutions, it’s six of one and half a dozen of the other, and a peasant always remains a peasant.

And for some reason, this would almost reflect the situation of the poor in Kenya. First, the concern of most people is food. I would call it the politics of food. In place of land tax, I would name the many varied taxes the thieving government imposes on the working classes. And maybe, one would almost conclude elections don’t help us. The poor almost always remain poor.

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As Onyango Makagutu I am Kenyan, as far as I am a man, I am a citizen of the world

8 thoughts on “This post has no title

  1. “The poor almost always remain poor.” As someone who is, and has always been poor, I completely agree with this statement. It kinda sucks.

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  2. maryplumbago says:

    The history of the world. Most people are and remain poor. I don’t know why it is this way…endless greed and corruption I suppose

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  3. Barry says:

    Until the economic “reforms” in the 1980s when a left wing political party introduced laissez-faire capitalism on becoming the government, we were a very egalitarian society and had a very socially mobile population. Inter-generational poverty was almost unknown. Economically, the country is wealthier, but more people than ever are below the poverty line. And some families are into their third generation of being very poor.

    I like that our current administration is introducing legislation that mandates wellness be as important as GDP etc when it comes to deciding and measuring fiscal policy.

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    • makagutu says:

      I don’t know how well our government collects data about the citizens so it would be hard to tell mobility especially among the poor. Generally, I think those born to poor families almost always remain poor.

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  4. shelldigger says:

    I came from poor and managed to scratch my way up to lower middle class. Not exactly destitute anymore, but living the dream of making it from one pay period to the next and hoping the wife doesn’t break a leg. (She is the only one with a job now as I’m down with a bad back and on disability. There are consequences to making a living on the strength of your back.)

    The upper class likes it the way it is, always has been, and probably always will be.

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    • makagutu says:

      Pink has shared some articles of how the upper classes horde space up there.
      It is possible to scratch ones way up if there are opportunities or do they say if you can create opportunities, but I don’t know what % of the population manages this.

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