2008 UN article touts benefits of world hunger for the elite class

2008 UN article touts benefits of world hunger for the elite class

A 2008 article published by the United Nations (UN) on its website recently resurfaced and went viral. The article touted the benefits of world hunger in creating a cheap, motivated workforce.

It was taken down within 24 hours.

The article was about the elite class having a distinct motivation not to end world hunger because if everyone is well-nourished, nobody will be willing to provide cheap labor and do some of the most physically demanding and unpleasant jobs on the planet.

The article was written by now-retired University of Hawaii professor of political science, George Kent. It first ran in 2008 and went largely unnoticed for over a decade despite being on the UN website.

It wasn’t until the article resurfaced on Twitter that it went viral. However, the UN was able to take it down within 24 hours and tweeted that it was an attempt at satire and was never meant to be taken literally. They have also taken the article down from their site.

Kent, however, said that he never intended it as satire.

“I did not hope that it would be read as praise for hunger. My main point was and still is that some people benefit from the existence of hunger in the world. That helps to explain why hunger is so persistent in many places,” he said.

Aside from discussing the elite’s motivation to let world hunger persist, Kent’s article also talked about why it is fundamental to keep the world economy working.

He said that hungry people are the most productive people, especially where there is a need for manual labor. He added: “For those who depend on the availability of cheap labor, hunger is the foundation of their wealth … Much of the hunger literature talks about how it is important to assure that people are well fed so that they can be more productive.”

Slavery still exists in modern world

Kent also mentioned that non-government organization Free the Slaves estimated that there are 27 million people in the modern world that could be defined as slaves because they cannot walk away from their jobs. That number was in 2008.

In 2022, the same organization stated that there are 40 million who are forced to work against their will, generating $150 billion in profits annually for “traffickers.”

Among them, around 50 percent is stuck in forced labor slavery in industries that depend on manual labor such as farming, ranching, logging and mining. Some are in service industries, such as dishwashers, janitors gardeners and maids.

However, there are also those being forced into sex slavery and child labor. Children comprise about 25 percent of today’s slaves.

Meanwhile, the UN recently released its 2022 Global Assessment Report on Disaster Risk Reduction, which paints a dismal picture of what’s to come.

In the report, the UN indicated that risk creation is now outstripping risk reduction as disasters, economic loss and other underlying vulnerabilities that drive risk – including poverty and inequality – are increasing just as ecosystems and biospheres are at risk of collapse.

The UN warned that a perfect storm of disasters, economic vulnerability and ecosystem failures is occurring. This, the UN said, could lead to global collapse.

Visit Hunger.news for more information about malnutrition in children and adults around the globe.

Watch the video below about the UN’s now-deleted post.

This video is from the InfoWars channel on Brighteon.com.

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