According to Pogge, citizens themselves are responsible for the continued unequal distribution of resources, because they have the means to change things. Philanthropy makes a real difference, but nonetheless we see little progress because so much of philanthropy is just compensating the effects of systemic factors that work against the poor. And this is what I say about severe poverty. Indeed, Pogge has — along with many fans — many critics, some of whom have challenged his use of data to support his views, including in an Alison Jaggar-edited volume, Thomas Pogge and His Critics. We might classify medicines into three categories: That happened right at the point of course when Ebola looked like it would become a problem for people outside of Africa and that it might mutate in some way. Insofar as they would use it, it would give them a separate income stream for some innovations that would be less profitable or unprofitable on the patent track and it would also bring them substantial gains to their image.

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The arguments are so strong, that they should not be disturbed by any kind of violence. The Pogve will not count as poor an Indian household that, incould buy as much food, per person per day, as one could get for 93 cents in the US. The resource privilege helps guarantee a reliable supply of raw materials for the goods enjoyed by the members of wealthy states, and the borrowing privilege allows the financial institutions of wealthy states to issue lucrative loans.

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Could you talk more about their right to borrow money? Institutional analysis is needed also for understanding what goes on in supranational institutional design. How else are you helping to provide medicine for the poor? This is a relatively straightforward point.


So, large companies are very good at solving extremely complex problems in a globally optimal way. It is obvious how it should be changed.

This system is collectively irrational because many people, to avoid the inflated prices of still-patented cleaner and greener technologies, opt for some older technology that is much more polluting. In the domain of pharmaceuticals, we need a metric for health impact, and with this metric we can then assess the value of the introduction of a new product and pay its innovator accordingly, say on the basis of the product’s measured health impact during its first ten years on the market.

The poor do not buy services—they are services, on their luckier days. Such additional support depends on being able to show that, and how, the HIF would actually work in the real world. Yes, indeed, these two are closely connected in both directions.

But you say that we must scrutinize this and the international legal framework that gives such negotiations blanket approval. This does not come natural to us more intellectual types, as we tend to be averse to hierarchy and groupthink; we don’t like to be part of anything like a disciplined and well-organized team or movement.

So poverty persists, essentially, because the people at the bottom—the bottom quarter and also the bottom half—see the gains from the rising global average income wiped out by severe declines in their relative share.

Thomas Pogge on Global Poverty

Pogte HIF does not discriminate between rich and poor. These governments are elected by us, funded by us, acting on our behalf, sensitive to our will, and so, we are not mere bystanders observing the injustice.

Pogge has pursued similar themes in Politics as Usual: And they wouldn’t be fighting so hard over them if they didn’t know that the design of these rules makes a difference to their own economic position. Are you saying that the rules themselves can be moral or immoral? Because malaria kills millions, the firm that finds and develops a cure can expect a significant return. What is more, Pogge maintains that these privileges are no accident; they persist because they are in the interest of the wealthy states.


It is much better to sell them at cost and then to reward the innovator in some other way. Because they are government-funded and constrained to accept government data. More than 9, dead, that is by any stretch of the imagination a very large number: This is partly due to the fact that they operate with push-funding and thus have an incentive to spend more on, and seek more money for, an existing project even if another one now seems more cost-effective.

The rules of the game in this newly emerging global institutional order are fixed by the rich for the rich. The arguments are so incredibly compelling—it would be easy and absolutely morally imperative to reform our economic structures in such a way that the poorer half of humanity has a decent life.

Going forward, what changes should be made to address the real situation of global poverty? Which is better — reading in print or on-screen?

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You still need to market the product and bring it to patients, follow up, create the infrastructure, and so on—the poggge pipeline, the network. The Health Poggs Fund would be completely neutral. In the United States, for example, there are only two exceptions: Conversely, the domestic power structure—how power is exercised in the United States, for instance—also greatly influences the structure of international institutions.

I’ve read similarly grim figures on income by Branko Milanovic of the World Bank.