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The video discusses the global poverty industry and how it perpetuates poverty through exploitation of children. It argues that the current system of helping the poor is not working, and that the only way to change it is by involving the people who need it the most - the poor.

  • 00:00:00 The video discusses poverty and development, and points out that the current system of helping the poor is not working. The problem is that the people who stand to lose the most from change have all the power, while the people who stand to gain the most have none of the power. The system of helping the poor needs to change, and this can only be done by involving the people who need it the most - the poor.
  • 00:05:00 The video discusses the history of the international poverty industry, which involves rich countries helping poor countries develop by subsidizing their agriculture. The author argues that this policy has been unsuccessful, as it has led to companies in wealthy countries dumping their subsidized products in poor countries, destroying their local markets and jobs.
  • 00:10:00 Joel Salatin discusses the global poverty industry in his talk "Poverty, Inc. (2014)." He argues that the food industry is one of the main contributors to global poverty, as it has caused rice prices to drop and made it difficult for farmers to survive. Salatin also suggests that the food industry should be held accountable for its role in global poverty and apologizes for the food policies of the past.
  • 00:15:00 In this video, Jean Noel, the co-founder of Innersa, discusses the difficulties Haiti has faced after the 2010 earthquake. He talks about the growth of the global poverty industry and how it has affected Haiti. He also gives examples of how NGOs have benefitted from the disaster, but have not helped Haitians recover.
  • 00:20:00 This video discusses the poverty industry in Haiti, which consists of NGOs that offer solar panels and other aid for free in an effort to win over the population. This has had a negative effect on local businesses, as people have become too dependent on NGOs.
  • 00:25:00 This video discusses the history of foreign aid and its current role in the development of third world countries. The video argues that foreign aid has been ineffective in achieving its original goals and is instead used to prop up corrupt governments.
  • 00:30:00 The video discusses how poverty, Inc. works to perpetuate poverty by providing loans and training to poor countries, while also exploiting the poor. There are two groups of people in Africa: the cheetahs and the hippos. The cheetahs are the new breed of Africans who are not waiting for government to do things for them, while the hippos are the ruling generation. African salvation rests on the backs of the cheetahs, while the hippos are more interested in preserving the status quo.
  • 00:35:00 The video discusses the problems with the global poverty industry, which consists of elites who have monopolized political power and those who are stuck in their muddy pedagogical patch. The hippo generation has been trying to hit people's right with aid driven boondoggles, and that's why Africa is not getting anywhere. Out of 54 African countries, only 16 are democratic. These leaders stay in office 10-20 years and often groom their sons to take over. Africans are fed up with this type of leadership and support less foreign aid for Africa to end under dictators who will not respect rights to access to rule of law. This leads to more aid and more aid, with less independence of those receiving aid. Second, the wrong notion that people owe the poor people money without thinking about how they will use it leads to more aid and more aid, with less development and more dependency on those giving aid. Finally, foreign aid is a subsidy to the companies that do the work, not the people. It's a way to get free money for the government, and it often leads to corruption.
  • 00:40:00 The video discusses how the global poverty industry has developed over time into a complex system of humanitarianism with various parts working against each other to help the poor. One of the founders of sociology, French sociologist Emil Durkheim, referred to this system as a social fact. While the system has helped many people, it has also created difficulties in terms of building a ladder of prosperity for the poor.
  • 00:45:00 The video discusses how poverty has an impact on the textile industry in Kenya, as well as the global poverty industry as a whole. It notes that while charities have become more popular in recent years, their impact is often unpredictable due to the presence of informal vendors. One such example is the story of Tom's Shoes, which provides free shoes to children in developing countries, but has had to compete with local cobblers who also make shoes.
  • 00:50:00 The video discusses poverty, Inc., a model in which companies give away shoes in order to promote their product. The model has had some negative consequences, such as exploitation of poor people and a negative image of poverty. The presenter tells the story of how they and their wife adopted a child from Haiti, and how they now want to help Woodelson, a child from an orphanage, by providing him with a home.
  • 00:55:00 In "Poverty, Inc. (2014)," filmmaker Kirby Dick exposes how the global poverty industry perpetuates poverty through exploitation of children in Haiti. Dick interviews orphans who have been abandoned by their parents, and those who have been taken in by the poverty industry, which typically charges families tens of thousands of dollars for the opportunity to care for their children. Dick argues that the orphanage system is actually creating more orphans, as it deprives children of the emotional and familial support they need to break the cycle of poverty.

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The global poverty industry is a system that takes children who have lost their parents to poverty and puts them into orphanages or up for adoption. This system is harmful to children because it takes them away from their families and puts them into an unfamiliar environment. The documentary argues that a new approach is needed to poverty alleviation that is based on evidence and for the dismantling of the global poverty industry.

  • 01:00:00 This documentary discusses the global poverty industry, which refers to the practice of orphanages and adoption agencies taking in children who have lost their parents to poverty. Jackson and Ember, two young children who were abandoned by their mothers and grew up in an orphanage, discuss the negative effects of this industry on children. The documentary argues that children should be raised by their parents or by other relatives in a situation where they are not subject to poverty.
  • 01:05:00 This video discusses the global poverty industry, and how entrepreneurs such as the woman featured can change their lives for the better by starting their own businesses. It also discusses the importance of giving power to the parents, and how this can help to solve the issue of poverty.
  • 01:10:00 The video discusses the global poverty industry, highlighting the challenges faced by small businesses in this field. It also mentions the importance of justice in the courts, a factor which often helps to include the poor.
  • 01:15:00 The video discusses the problems with poverty and the lack of access to justice, which prevents the poor from building businesses and improving their lives. The video also discusses the benefits of rules and laws in developing countries, and how they can be helpful or harmful to certain groups of people.
  • 01:20:00 The video discusses how, in the wake of the global recession, celebrities have started to focus on ending poverty. The critical factor that these celebrities learn is the old, harmful framework that poverty is a problem that can only be solved by helping the poor. This harmful message is turned into songs, activities, and thoughts by these celebrities, who are often seen as representing the establishment. One celebrity, Bono, has been particularly outspoken in his support for aid. However, in the same speech, Bono also says that aid works and that one must be braindead to think otherwise. This video provides an interesting look at the way the global recession has led to a focus on ending poverty, and the differing views of some of the world's most well-known celebrities on the subject.
  • 01:25:00 This video discusses the global poverty industry, and how celebrities such as Bono can help to change it. The author argues that celebrities should focus less on charity work and more on developing the ability of African citizens to create their own wealth. If this happens, attitudes towards poverty will change, and it will become easier for those who are currently excluded from the economy to join it.
  • 01:30:00 This video exposes the global poverty industry and its harmful effects on the world's poorest people. The video traces the history of the poverty industry and its main players, including the World Bank, NGOs, and multinational corporations. The video argues that the poverty industry is perpetuating poverty and inequality and is based on false assumptions and myths. The video calls for a new approach to poverty alleviation that is based on evidence and for the dismantling of the global poverty industry.

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