Poverty not only expresses itself in the behaviour and lifestyles of the poor, but also in their social attitudes. Apathy is a big one. Scepticism of authority and public institutions is another. People are raised in homes where nobody believes they can effect change and they grow up internalising those beliefs.

The apathy of the poor, in terms of politics, is so apparent that it’s factored into political calculations: leaders pitch policy to those who are more likely to participate. This, in turn, creates a cycle where the interests of those who do not participate ...


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