(FreedomBeacon.com)- After a 2009 article from the United Nations Chronicle website went viral on Twitter last week, the website removed it.
The 2009 biting satire that sarcastically promoted the “benefits of world hunger” was written by former University of Hawaii professor George Kent.
In the article, Kent argued that hunger can have “great positive value to many people.” He said hungry people benefit the world economy because they are “the most productive people,” especially when it comes to manual labor since they’re so desperate for money to eat, they’ll work really hard.
Kent argues that for those who rely on cheap labor, “hunger is the foundation of their wealth.”
Professor George Kent is the author of the 2005 book “Freedom from Want: The Human Right to Adequate Food.” He has spent his career fighting to end global food disparities. This is not someone who would genuinely praise the existence of world hunger.
He concludes the piece by writing that it would be a “disaster” for “those of us at the high end of the social ladder” if global hunger came to an end, adding “who would plow the fields? Who would harvest our vegetables?”
To any thinking person, it was clear that Kent used this biting satire to harshly criticize the exploitation of cheap labor by greedy capitalists.
But Twitter isn’t a place known for thinking people, which is why so many satirical articles from the Babylon Bee end up getting “fact-checked.”
The article went viral on Twitter promoted by people who completely missed the point and claimed that the United Nations supported keeping people hungry.
Rather than get dragged into the phony controversy, the United Nations simply removed Kent’s article from its website.