Living wage initiatives have the potential to impact poverty in King County, but globally, the cycle of extreme poverty continues. In his latest book, New York University’s William Easterly looks at traditional approaches to global poverty and why attempts at a solution have not only been unsuccessful, but harmful. The “experts” of the world — politicians, relief organizations, and others — are solving immediate effects of poverty, but not addressing the root cause. According to Easterly, poor political structure, violation of freedom, and dictatorship are advancing this web of poverty. In The Tyranny of Experts: Economists, Dictators, and the Forgotten Rights of the Poor, he outlines the history of the fight against poverty, highlighting how these efforts have (and have not) made an impact. He argues that in order to free the world’s poor, respect for individual rights and political status quo need to be reordered. Easterly is the author of The White Man’s Burden and Co-Director of New York University’s Development Research Institute.
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