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The Global Rich and the Global Poor: Seeking the middle path

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Chandra Muzaffar argues for the rejection of abject poverty on the one hand, and the frenzied accumulation of riches on the other hand, in finding a middle path approach. We need to be critical of a consumption pattern driven by the constant stimulation of desires - the insatiable thirst for ‘more and more and more’ - one should not, at the same time, eulogize economic models which deny ease and comfort to the people by coercing them to be contented with the basic necessities of life. He argues that a middle path should recognize human wants and desires but would, through the inculcation of values and the promulgation of policies, seek to limit them for the public good.Development (2003) 46, 29–34. doi:10.1057/palgrave.development.1110487
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Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1International Movement for a Just World, Malaysia

Publication date: 2003-12-01

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