Economic growth and systemic poverty in Eastern Europe, or the functioning of neoliberal mantras

It's not everyday that we share a Bloomberg piece, but this article shows the reality of forever catching up and forever emerging post-socialist economies, where growth rate masks systemic poverty. 

Going hand in hand with the neoliberal populism that blames the poor for their own poverty, this reality confirms that a neoliberal discursive mythology has (for quite a while now) taken over Eastern Europe, where the private sector is flourishing, while the levels of social and material deprivation of the many are intensifying. Rather cruelly, the blame for this whirling mess is more often than not put on the alleged millions of lazy people that cripple the economy and divert millions of euro from the government's budget toward their own selfish end, on the passivity of rural/ethnic communities that refuse to work, yet at the same time take full advantage of a naive welfare state, spending their social welfare on alcohol and cigarettes. In order for profound social changes to indeed transpire, we need to reconsider concepts such as social fairness for the many, ultimately by bringing the vital topic of social justice back to the forefront of the public agenda.