Linux_Yes: communist, chinese
dividius: The use of "median" in TFA is loose to begin with, the farkline makes it worse...Actual potential meaning: Of the 131 countries they surveyed, roughly half have a median household income > $9,700 and half less (this is what "median" is supposed to mean). Looking at the table, the median appears to be much closer to $7,000 (it's an image, I ain't typing it back in). So perhaps they write "median" when they mean "mean".Note also that this is average of countries - India with 1,200 million souls would seem to be weighted the same as Norway with 5 million.By population, you can easily get to WELL over half the world's population by choosing from the 15 most populous countries the ones which have a median income no greater than China's ($6,180).Complete and utter rubbish.
tbhouston: 9000 a year isn't so bad when your rent is 80 bucks a month and food is dirt cheap...
TheOtherGuy: I read an interesting theory / prediction recently, which supposed that, in time, development of the underdeveloped nations will cause standards of living, wages, and costs to rise globally to the point where there are no easy "3rd world" countries to export manufacturing to. Or, at least, the savings for doing so will be severely curtailed. Obviously, this will take quite a while.They went on to suppose that a new underclass would be required. Non-persons in smaller groups (a ghetto, or a town as opposed to an entire Chinese province or African nation, for example) would be needed to produce goods or services cheaply, since proper citizens would be too expensive to exploit. Their prediction was that crime would be used as an excuse to manufacture these ghettos. Areas that progressively get so dangerous that police simply no longer go, but instead control movement in and out, supporting a place for undocumented, exploitable non-persons to breed and work.
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