UNAIR NEWS – Prof. Ron Hatley gave a lecture in Faculty of Social and Political Sciences (FISIP) Universitas Airlangga in Adi Sukadana FISIP, on Tuesday, November 15. Prof. Hatley was there to discuss about social problems, such as poverty, economic disparity, politics and economy. Some students were enthusiastic to follow the lecture.
From his personal experience as a farmer, Prof. Hatley views how the state system and management affect the people prosperity which then causes social disparity. It is even worsened by domination which leans to the elites rather than to the low class community.
“The disparity problem can be seen from the disparity caused by the high class community, elites or the rich. In Indonesia for example, the number of people reaches 1200 and they really dominate, there are even more people than the rich in Australia,” said the American professor.
Prof. Hatley then elaborated nine factors used to measure social prosperity. They are trust level, mental state, drugs and alcohol, life and death expectancy, obesity, children education, birth rate, homicide level and number of convicts and social mobility.
The social problems are related to how the society view the problems of poverty. The infrastructure development generally to create prosperity and deal with poverty, but there are many developing countries which the people still live in poverty.
Prof. Hatley also talked about developmental program which is actually causing poverty on how they corner the people in social system as there is dependency to capital owner and there is no independence in the society.
Borrowing a term by Joseph Stiglitz on imbalance price, Prof. Hatley then stated that this imbalance is currently well and neatly packaged. Free trade which is developing is actually not free at all, as it is engineered by capital and interest owner.
In a global turbulence, the problems at grass root level are also terrible, social disparity was caused by various complex problems. Imbalance causes social gap which prioritizes capital power. (*)
Author: Ahalla Tsauro
Editor : Dilan Salsabila