Although Gates has a noble purpose trying to help eradicate poverty, he seems to be missing the main point: he is not addressing where poverty comes from and how it’s generated. His actions aim at attacking the symptoms only, not what has caused poverty in the first place.
The narrative promoted by what I call hyper-capitalism is based on the notion that "the economy" is an entity of its own, that functions and balances in an quasi-magical way, albeit in collaboration with the other entity, "the free market". So in this post, I take the liberty to go...
If you’ve ever played Monopoly, you know how the game is designed: except unwise choices made, the player who is close to winning keeps extracting money from the other players who are gradually falling into debt.
There are, essentially, two grand narratives about these times we live in. We can think of each as a kind of foundational logic, invoked as a way to frame the vastly complex reality we see all around us, and therefore help determine how we understand and respond to it.