Star Wars and Poverty


– The total revenue from the new Star Wars film will be enough to propel Skywalker Ranch into the top half of the global wealth league, ahead of Bulgaria, Cyprus and Iceland

– One third of world deaths, around 18 million people a year, are caused by poverty

– Since the release of Episode IV in 1977, the Star Wars franchise has added up to 10.8 billion pounds

– Over 1 billion people live in less than 70p a day

– If Star Wars was a country, its $20 billion would place it 70th in the World Bank’s rankings of countries according to GDP, narrowly behind Syria, Serbia and Oman, but ahead of Bulgaria, Libya and Lebanon

– An estimated 600 million children live in absolute poverty; every year more than 10 million children die of hunger and preventable diseases

– George Lucas’s brainchild has made twice as much money as each of Uzbekistan, Jordan and Estonia, and four times as much as Malta, Afghanistan and Macedonia

– More than half a million women die in pregnancy and childbirth every year – one death a minute

– Star Wars is richer than the large majority of African countries. It dwarfs the economies of the Republic of Congo, Niger, Chad, Swaziland, Malawi, Rwanda, the Central Afriacn Republic, Lesotho, Sierra Leone, Eritrea and Liberia put together

– Income per person in the poorest countries in Africa has fallen by a quarter in the past 20 years

– As the UK prepares to host the G8 summit in July, up to 20 million Britons are expected to protest against world poverty as part of the biggest mobilisation against global inequality ever seen

One comment

    Pete Grehan

    May 22, 2005

    I remember when I was working for a GE Aircraft engines it was made clear to us that unless we INCREASED our profits by a certain percentage we would have to make up the difference with redundancies. This is exactly what did happen and it was a painful experience. It???s not enough to simply make a consistent profit these days it seems.

    I find it difficult to understand the logic of ???increasing profits??? and increasing growth. The performance of a company on the stock market is measured by increasing profit and how well it???s doing taking rivals ???share??? of the market, whilst the economic performance of the country (the only one that really matters) is measured by increasing growth (i.e. how quickly we are gobbling up the finite World???s resources).

    Our society???s measure of success is based on what we can grab for ourselves at other???s expense and this seems to cascade all the way down the levels of society as a role model for the individual.

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