Work Update

I’m at work on the next book, which is about love, not slavery (in my mind, there’s an inverse connection, but nevermind that for now), so please excuse the lack of frequent posts here.

Obviously, world events are moving along very fast; the global economic crisis is unfolding at a rapid clip and may or may not abate anytime soon.

Unfortunately, most indications are that it’s exacerbating world income inequality, both within countries between rich and poor, and between rich and poor countries. Since it is precisely this exaggerated disparity of power that leads to slavery, modern or otherwise, the conditions for slavery, both on American soil and worldwide, are flourishing.

Media coverage of the economic crisis will no doubt continue focusing upon the brighter, shinier, larger players — CEOs, politicians. What happens among the powerless will be less well-observed. In the boom, we did not care much to focus on those less fortunate than us. In a panic, we have no time.

I haven’t seen anything great yet about this subject, but here are two excellent and interesting windows onto semi-related subject matter. One is a report on working poor American families. It has nothing and everything to do with slavery: the more we know about life for poor people, the more we can help them.

The second is a paper by the inestimable Kevin Bales assessing the price, economic pillars, and theory behind modern slavery worldwide. It’s brilliant.

If you know of other resources, blogs or pieces on the topic, please leave a comment so I may update with the information.

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One response to “Work Update

  1. Mr. Bowe — You kindly referred to a post of mine last summer about the lack of interest in China’s poor human rights record on the eve of the Beijing Olympics. I work at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center in Cincinnati and often post comments on our website blog (www.freedomcenter.org) about human trafficking issues. I hope you will find the time to peruse our site; it is vital that efforts continue to raise global awareness of the scourge of modern slavery. Meantime, I will eagerly follow your blog.

    Paul Bernish

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