Author: Larry Patriquin

LARRY PATRIQUIN is an Associate Professor of Social Welfare and Social Development at Nipissing University, North Bay, Ontario. He is the author of Inventing Tax Rage: Misinformation in the National Post (Fernwood, 2004) and Agrarian Capitalism and Poor Relief in England, 1500-1860: Rethinking the Origins of the Welfare State (Palgrave Macmillan, 2007). He can be reached at

More Democracy, Less Poverty

Amongst the richest countries, the United States has some of the highest rates of indigence, especially for children; levels of poverty that are exorbitant for visible minorities and single mothers; a growing maldistribution of income and wealth; and seemingly never-ending increases in the use of soup kitchens and food pantries.