UN: ‘The Benefits of World Hunger’

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Hunger makes ’em work harder? Really?

Was this a satire, or did they really mean it?

The United Nations, in its official magazine,  has published an article on “The Benefits of World Hunger. Let us quote: “Hungry people are the most productive people, especially where there is a need for manual labor” (https://www.opindia.com/2022/07/article-describing-benefits-of-world-hunger-published-by-the-un-goes-viral/). That’s from an “expert” named George Kent.

The article was written in 2008, reprinted in 2019, and has just gone viral here in 2022.

There is some suspicion that it might be a satire. But if so, it would be the first and only satire written by this author or published in the UN magazine.

Gee, to me it sounds like reviving some form of slavery; and somehow I imagine a sign over the labor camp that says “Arbeit Macht Frei.” Keep ’em hungry and they’ll work harder. The fact that they’ll have dang-it-all to show for it might bother them, but it certainly won’t trouble any country’s rulers. This is the UN we’re talkin’ here! We don’t need no stinkin’ human rights! That’s just something we talk about all the time when the camera’s on us, but laugh ourselves silly over in private.

Do you imagine those stuffed shirts at the UN satirizing themselves? I don’t.

6 comments on “UN: ‘The Benefits of World Hunger’

  1. The last sentence does seem to be an attempt at Swiftian satire, but the rest is either too subtle for good satire or clueless seriousness. It’s hard to tell, especially now with the WEF coming right out and saying things like “Free will? It’s done!” and “You will own nothing and you will be happy.”

    1. P.S.–Nobody knows better than I do how easily a satire can be mistaken for reality. Happens around here all the time. The difference is “around here all the time.” Readers have every reason to suspect I might be pulling their legs from time to time.
      But if I only did it once…
      See what I mean?

    2. Actually, you stimulate my research impulse to go see whether similar pieces were being published as satire in 2008, when this article was first published, so people at the time might be alerted to the satiric purpose. But then again, I do have other things to do today so….

      Besides, the point is that even if it was satire at the time, it’s still a fulfilled prophecy today, like so many Babylon Bee parodies and even a few of your own. 😉

  2. Well, they have taken the post down now. Nothing to see here, move along. Just looking at the news from Sri Lanka and the protesting European farmers should prompt some thought on where our global “leaders” are headed. Whoever controls the food controls the people.

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