Most discussions around poverty inevitably include an idea that the top needs to be brought down in order that the bottom may be lifted up. Many in the West have an image of the top ten percent as at least slightly evil and diligently working to keep everyone else in poverty. If only we could storm the Castle, inside there would be enough money to take care of everyone a thousand times over. Poor and hungry? Eat the rich! Never mind that everyone in the West is in fact among the top ten percent of the planet. Are you ready to have your Castle stormed?

People complain loudly that the rich seem unwilling to do anything at all to help the poor, but then who of us would really feel comfortable sitting down at a table where you were regularly suggested as dinner? And yet if we are going to be serious about poverty we need the wealthy at the table, not as dinner but as partners and participants.