Despite the investment to save a million children’s lives from preventable poverty being just 0.7% of our gross national income, despite that every historical case of ending poverty reduces population growth rates, and despite US promises to make that investment at global summits, the 1% “leadership” in government and corporate media renege on all promises and allow this crushing torture, these excruciating and prolonged death spirals of children.
Since the 1%’s reneged promises from just 1996, the total deaths from preventable poverty is conservatively greater than from all wars, revolutions, murders, accidents, and suicides in the 20th century.* In the past 20 years, and since the 1990 World Summit for Children where the promise to end poverty was again sincerely pledged, total deaths from poverty eclipse all the above categories of death in all known human history.**
The leverage point to remove the 1% is for those of us among the 99% with arrest authority to exercise it for “emperor has no clothes” obvious War Crimes, torture, murder of state residents as US soldiers who were lied-into criminal wars, and massive economic fraud in the trillions of our dollars every year.
As an academic in government, history and economics, here are my strongest resources to explain, document, and prove the “emperor has no clothes” obvious CRIMES. This is the best contribution I have at the moment for the 99%:
Below is my assignment for high school students on ending poverty with all of the documentation. You are welcome to share it:
*Assuming 15 years of poverty deaths totaling 300 million and 20 years at 400 million (poverty deaths have decreased over the past 20 years) compared to the estimates from Scaruffi, P. “Wars and Genocides of the 20th Century.” http://www.scaruffi.com/politics/massacre.html (along with the relatively smaller numbers for murders, accidents, and suicides) and from Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_wars_and_disasters_by_death_toll.
** Probably a safe estimate given the population growth rate of the 20th century and a global population of ~1.6 billion in 1900.