In the Philippines, there is an industry that sells pagpag to poor people. What is pagpag? Businesses purchase food collected from the garbage and take scraps of uneaten chicken, fish, pork and beef and scrape it, wash it, boil it and mash it up with “sauce.” This growing cottage industry has actually become a staple in the impoverished areas of Manila and other cities.
The Filipino capitalists and US imperialists have never been able to develop the Philippines economy and provide a decent standard of living. In 2015, the Philippine state estimated that the 21% of the population who make less than $1,982 a year are living in poverty. A more realistic definition shows poverty is even greater. This is why strongmen like Rodrigo Duterte are installed to instill fear and make demagogic promises to keep the workers down—he will never deliver his promise of creating a middle class society under capitalism. Eventually, the Filipino working class will fight back, as they did when they brought down the Marcos dictatorship.
The record of capitalism throughout the world is one of dismal failure. The richest 8 men own wealth equal to the bottom 50% of the world’s population. 82% of the world’s wealth that was generated last year went to the top 1%. Half of the world’s population—3 billion people—live on less than $2.50 a day, while 1.3 billion people live on less than $1.25 a day.
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