Oh look, the Socialist-Democrat doesn’t understand economics. Of course Bernie Sanders doesn’t know poverty. He’s a politician!



Bernie Sanders has been campaigning in Baltimore, Maryland and some of his remarks indicate that he doesn’t really understand what poverty is. He’s getting very mixed up between relative poverty and absolute poverty.

Now, it is indeed true that American liberals and progressives get uptight about relative poverty, what we might also call inequality. I don’t get quite so wound up about it, being a classical liberal myself, but it is still true that relative and absolute poverty are very different concepts.

Absolute poverty is simply not having a roof over your head, a shirt on your back or even a cheap meal of anything in your stomach. The relative poverty in Baltimore that Bernie is talking about is just not anything like this at all. It’s having less than others in the society around you, yes, but that is indeed inequality, not absolute poverty. More