Rich and Poor in 2000 AD: The Great Gulf

  • Bruce Russett
Part of the Advances in Foreign Policy Analysis book series (AFPA)


Many modern Utopians foresee a coming perfection of social man, stemming from great changes in his physical environment. They see the problem of evil as basically intractable in a world of pain, ignorance, and deprivation, but soluble where the ancient bonds of man’s mortality have been loosened. Both the exhortations of the domestic Great Society and Secretary McNamara’s conviction that poverty is the cause of insurgency in the underdeveloped world reflect this preoccupation, most apparent in the question, “Who can be interested in democracy when he has an empty belly?” So the apparent prospects of future economic growth lead easily to social optimism.


Capita Income Nuclear Weapon Global Community Underdeveloped Country Poor Nation 
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