In the past, poverty had meant pain and suffering as well as the denial of pleasure. If you didn't have money or any legal status - you would starve or worse, be subject to being property and violence of cruel masters. You likewise could not afford anything; however, since not everything was property yet, there was still much natural beauty which could be had. Everything wasn't fenced off and controlled. In the last 50 years or so there has been a great movement to eliminate poverty. But which part of property is being eliminated? and what is poverty throughout the world today and what will it become in the future? the parts eliminated seem to be a lack of legal status, starvation, disease and suffering. The human rights movement is ensuring that everyone is a legal person and hence cannot be subject to property/violence/etc. There are mass efforts to combat starvation and disease among the poor. So what's left? Sterility. A small white walled condo in the mass suburbs on the outskirts of the city; a television and the internet for watching life, not participating in it; and food, and water, and shelter. No pain because its illegal and has been wiped out. No pleasure because if anything, with everything appropriated its gotten more expensive. No more natural beauty - as its all been transformed into property/fenced off, whether private or of the state: it is guarded either way. So what is poverty around the world becoming: Just pure, white-walled, sterility.