In the light of the current U.S. political contest and the debate on the poor, the economy, etc. I believe we should go have a fresh look at Let Us Now Praise Famous Men. Like Shakespeare, James Agee and Walker Evans remind us that poverty and its causes has absorbed humankind for centuries and longer.
FROM THE FORWARD …
That bide the pelting of this pitiless storm,
How shall your houseless heads and unfed sides,
Your loop’d and window’d raggedness, defend you
From seasons such as these? O, I have ta’en
Too little care of this! Take physic, pomp;
Expose thyself to feel what wretches feel,
That thou mayst shake the superflux to them,
And show the heavens more just.
― Karl Marx