Michael H Goldhaber wrote:
> There is a
> "culture of poverty," but that is substantially a culture of the
> beaten down and defeated. So yes, "victims" may bear some part of the
> responsiblity, but they do not not "just play the victim" as MB would
> have it. And it is easier to shoulder responsibility when other things
> are going your way, on the whole.
The serious question is what _creates_ that "culture" -- and it quite
obviously is not created by those who live it but by a social order that
enables such social contexts. Given the contexts, a certain proportion
of those living within that ensemble of relations are going to make
"choices" that (from the perspective of _other_ contexts) appear to be
"bad" choices, but it is absurd to dcall those choices either good or
bad from an external position. Do they or do they not make sense in the
The culture is not crated _or_ perpetuated by those enmeshed within it.
They choose freely, but within a certain framework, not from an infinite
range of _equal_ possibilitiesd.