Book Review: Capisogenerospecilism and the Plight of the Poor, A Treatise

Book cover and blurb of Capisogenerospecilism And the Plight of the Poor, A Treatise, by Prof. Charles Mwewa. COVER DESIGN/ACP Press.
Book cover and blurb of Capisogenerospecilism And the Plight of the Poor, A Treatise, by Prof. Charles Mwewa. COVER DESIGN/ACP Press.

Book Title: Capisogenerospecilism And the Plight of the Poor, A Treatise

Author: Prof. Charles Mwewa

Publisher: Africa in Canada Press


In a world still defined by power and class, the poor have remained perfect cheerleaders of the rich, as the rich expect to be endeared, served and worshipped by the very poor. 

In what exposes the bitter-sweet struggles of both the poor and the rich, an award-winning and Amazon’s best-selling author, Prof. Charles Mwewa, in his book Capisogenerospecilism And the Plight of the Poor, A Treatise, explores a pragmatic approach to ending poverty, focusing on humane management of resources, both for now and in the future.

The book captures the understanding of society as a stratosphere of the poor and the rich. 

Mwewa argues that the rich do everything they can to remain rich as the poor remain powerless to change their social standing.

The author writes, “For example, slaves, servants and peasants are fixed by social rules and regulations, and they cannot change that status, and are, therefore, condemned to live in poverty from generation to generation.”

He notes that the rich and powerful have solidified their position of power and privilege, and theirs is to amass wealth at the expense of the poor. 

Prof. Mwewa agrees that defeating poverty is dependent on political and social policy, usually designed by the aristocracy in the olden days and the upper class in modern times.

The prolific researcher addresses the three schools of thought that have formed the basis of worldviews on the governance of economic interests.

On Page 4, he pens, “Some people think they were born poor. 

They believe that they are fixed and have no option for change. So, they relegate themselves to their poor statuses and are resigned to where they are.”

He states that many people still accept their statuses in society as socially constructed. 

In exploring the first school of thought, Prof. Mwewa says some people think that society has defined them as poor or rich and as such they have little or no power to change their statuses except with the approval of the society.

The writer proves some people think they were born poor, and the system is designed in such a way that where one is born automatically determines their status in life.

He writes, “And the rich are fixed where they are, they can only continue to be rich. Social and political policy favor them because, in many ways, they set, design, and help to shape public policy.”

On page 5 of this book, Prof. Mwewa believes the rich can still be demoted. He underscores the role of thinking, ambition, diligence, and some stroke of luck as having a huge bearing on the rich-poor continuum.

The author states there are people who may have been born poor, but they rise above their condition of birth and become rich and well-to-do.

He pens, “Their thinking instructs them of who they are, and not social rules and political policy.”

In describing poverty as a lack of resources, he says the rich have the means, the access, and the resources they need. Hence, they are able to enjoy their excesses as luxury and meet their wants.

Prof. Mwewa asserts in his book that poverty is not desirable since, by nature, it impoverishes and impedes people’s physical, psychic or mental, or social survival.

“They are unable to live as they wish. They are prone more to incurable diseases than the rich, and they cannot afford a basic survival kit (food, clean water and housing) of life,” he says.

Prof. Mwewa argues that the poor may live shorter lives, be uneducated, lack sophistication, and struggle to earn an income or make ends meet. He refers to this state of affairs as servitude to survive.

The author, on page 9, traces the attempts of the poor to escape poverty. He, however, asserts that despite the efforts being insignificant, they are meant to find a permanent solution to their situation.

Even as the poor aspire to be rich, he says, the rich aspire to ascend to the level where they can stop worrying about money and any other means to wealth.

The scholar reiterates in his book, “…they want to build money empires which should outlive them, whether they have progeny or not. Because there is an implied reality that poverty brings shame in life and in death.”

The author submits that poverty erodes the dignity and respect of persons, and it socially excludes people experiencing poverty from actively participating in social fora, economic gatherings, and the marketplace of ideas.

All the actions of the poor, according to Mwewa, succeed in enhancing the chances and prestige of the rich.

“They can trade, only to put money into the pockets of the rich. They can work, only to work disproportionately to the amount of time, energy and hard work they put into their work,” he writes.

Mwewa reminds governments to prioritize the plight of people experiencing poverty. 

He writes on page 11, that since the poor will always be there, efforts must be made to prevent poverty. He adds that the desire of the poor is to be rich or to be helped.

The writer encourages those who have to share with the poor since doing so is not an exercise in futility. He refers every gift given to the poor as a mark of care, compassion and altruism.  

“When government sets up poverty alleviation schemes, it is investing well in its people. When individuals remember and give to the poor, they are accounting well for all the things they have and have received in life,” he writes.

He asserts on page 15 of this book that the plight of the poor must be the priority of the rich.

On page 16, Prof. Mwewa insists every government has a responsibility to defeat poverty since the poor are normally too weak to speak, challenge negativity and evil, and even assert themselves in society.

He adds that the poor see the entire world as a prison, a vindictive transaction, and a whip to break their backs. 

Many poor people, according to the author, view life as a meaningless experience and death more desirable.

On subsequent pages, the author delves into the beliefs, myths, and assumptions of poverty. 

He details the myth that is shared by many that poverty is a curse. The belief that poverty perpetuates itself has advanced the “rich get richer, and the poor, poorer” talk.

The author also tackles the issue of ‘dominance over scarce resources.’ He explains the three rules in nature that tend to favor selfish accumulation and manipulation of resources.

“The more people have, the less they share; the more people lack, the less they will save; and people, generally, fear to repeat failure,” he pens.

Prof. Mwewa adds that human instinct errs on the side of plenty, and more of it. He says in his book that once someone begins to accumulate, they continue to accumulate, even to the point of losing the meaning of accumulation.

He bases this argument as the foundation for greed and poverty. Mwewa asserts that capitalism is based on this very rule.

The author advises society, families and governments to inculcate good sharing attitudes in children from early on. 

Without any such inculcation, he adds, people will default towards greed and self–aggrandizement.

He reprimands humans for holding on to things that will not even benefit them. 

Unless they are schooled into the intricacies of empathy, sympathy and compassion, humans can have so much that it becomes meaningless.

The writer continues the narrative even further by asserting that the rich have a role to play in ending poverty conditions in the world.

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He pens that the rich should not give away their resources, for they, in most cases, have worked very hard to manage them, but they can create labor and provide avenues for employing those who are willing and are qualified to work.

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Mr. Misori holds a Bachelor's degree in Education Arts, English and English literature from Mount Kenya University. He is the author of the book ''Village Under Siege'', a book reviewer, and a science journalist passionate about environment, health, climate change, education and agriculture. His email address is misori.village@gmail.com

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