Relative poverty

From Austin Storm
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The idea of relative poverty seems straightforward - you can only be wealthy or poor in relationship to some standard.

But when conservatives invoke 'relative poverty', it's typically to minimize or even deny that poverty exists near to us. If the person who uses the term talks about how many TVs the relatively poor person has, in my experience they're about to hand-wave poverty away so that their audience doesn't have to think about it.

Think of poverty in terms of rules and resources