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But for the lottery of birth: Poverty, Racism, and the Permanent Underclass

But for the lottery of birth: Poverty, Racism, and the Permanent Underclass

In Rosa Lee: A Generational Tale of Poverty and Survival, Leon Dash documents the fascinating, disturbing experiences of an extended black urban family struggling to survive the nearly inescapable circumstances of poverty, racism, ignorance, violence and abuse, addiction, and crime in Washington, D.C. during the second half of the twentieth century. Dash, now a professor … Continue reading


  • GDP is a poor measure of a society's well-being for several reasons. It potentially obscures gross inequality; it fails to reflect the externalities, the unpriced natural capital, and the social costs of classism inherent to the capitalist enterprise; and it reflects a fundamentally unsustainable economic system based on perpetual growth incompatible with the narrow conditional parameters necessary for human life on our frail and finite planet. The health, happiness, and well-being of actual human beings matters far more than the bottom lines of corporations or a nation-state's gross domestic production units consumed.
  • Neglect is “a deficit in attention and awareness of one side of space”, usually the left side, contralateral to right-hemisphere damage (Wikipedia). It is caused by a problem in the brain, usually a lesion or damage from stroke, rather than a problem of sensation. That is, the eyes work fine, but the brain, because of physical damage to some critical area, fails to incorporate all the spatial and object information available into the model accessible by attention and conscious awareness. Put even more simply, some people with just the right kind of brain damage are unaware of ½ of the visual information being collected by their eyes.

About S. Lee Ware

Welcome to my personal real-time repository of miscellanies encountered on the long path through medical training and beyond. I'm preoccupied with (and write about) topics across the breadth of the basic and clinical sciences, health systems development, and social justice, and I advocate the moral imperative and organizing principle of universal access to appropriate, humane, sustainable health services. Professionally, I'm progressing toward a career at the convergence of women's care, global health, and human rights. All my work, unless otherwise labeled, is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.

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