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It is hard to argue that the poor are worse off now than many years ago. The real cost of living is how much something costs in terms of hours of work needed to purchase something, and it is quite remarkable how much better off *everyone* is in this respect.

The benefits of prosperity and technology have gone hugely to the poor.

After all, the rich of ancient Greece had hot and cold running water (Servant! I thirst), automatic laundry facilities (Servant! Attend to this soiled clothing) and effortless cross-town communication (Servant! Send a runner across town with this papyrus).

Today, the poor not only are no longer the means by which the rich have these things - they have these things themselves.

And in ancient Greece, not even the richest could get a flu shot.
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