In Pathologies of Power, Paul Farmer quotes Jon Sobrino in saying “there is no doubt that the only correct way to love the poor will be to struggle for their liberation.” “This liberation,” he continues, “will consist, first and foremost, in their liberation at the most elementary level- that of the simple, physical life, which is what is at stake in the present situation.” This passage very clearly states that those in poverty must be liberated from their current situation, in which they do not have the necessary things for their survival. I would tend to agree with Farmer that the world needs to change, but his steps towards this improval are, unfortunately, lacking and left for interpretation. Are we supposed to redistribute all of the resources and wealth of the world so that the poor will no longer die from starvation? Is this liberation of the poor that Farmer calls for in fact a push for a form of Marxist socialism in which all of the resources of the world are produced to satisfy human needs? Also, even if this liberation of the poor does not reach the extreme of a socialistic society, how far must we push for the needs of the poor? In my eyes, Farmer has simply accused ever person in the world that is not starving to death of killing those who are by not doing anything, yet he offers no tangible steps towards righting this wrong.
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