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What can governments do to end poverty in their countries? Is a solution possible under capitalism?

Hello, I come from Argentina, and in my country, poverty is an issue we still can't eradicate, even though extreme poverty has been around for many decades now.

What still baffles me is the fact that although the Government gives away money to those with reduced incomes, poverty is as bad as always. Poor people can now (at least) fulfill their basic needs, but they have now become dependant on the Govt to give them the necessary resources for life (and politicians do not care about this, since this way they can keep on "buying" their votes with cash). They don't have jobs (and some do not even bother to find one) and most still live in slums under really poor conditions. So, it's obvious this solution is only benefitial in the short run... eventually the Government is going to run out of money and we'll still have the same number of people in the streets.

Moreover, I read yesterday how India is going to start doing the same thing, but I guess that probably won't go anywhere either.

Now, what do you think is the solution to stop this vicious circle of poverty? What is your Government doing about it?

Bear in mind that Latin America has just extreme poverty levels (not as much as Africa), but still much more than the First World countries. At least in my country there is a surprisingly high number of slums (check some photos in wikipedia: http://es.wikipedia.org/wiki/Villa_miseria )

In my opinion, emphasis should be made on giving labour to these people outside-the-system. But for that, we need to offer public AND quality education. Yet I'm conscious that a malnourished child is not going to be able to be properly educated, is he?. So what can we do to ensure that child will have a better future? It's difficult to come up with a solution, but we're in the 21st Century now, it's about time we stopped poverty.


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  • Jan 2 2013: Education can certainly be a key but what kind of education is the most important?

    Ted member and Poster Krisztián Pintér said this below:
    "governments actively causing poverty, so i would not expect them to come up with a solution."

    He's absolutely right, so what kind of education does the populace need?
    It doesn't need an education in how to become successful in such an unjust system that creates poverty which leads to slavery.
    Educate for the right and necessary things.
    It needs to be an education in how to change your country. How to change what is done, how it is done, how it is managed and above all, change who does the managing. It is more important how things are managed rather than "who is doing the managing." They are not doing their job, so you, we, all of us, don't need them. They have proven themselves to be irrelevant to all our lives because they don't solve our problems. As Krisztián said, "they create them," so why do we, or you, need them? Well, it's simple. We, you, don't!

    Educate children on how to change their countries, their governance, their institutions, that were and are supposed to represent their interests and not the interests of those in power and their close friends. We know that is what they have done since forever, so get rid of them.

    Change it and build in its place a just system. If it isn't just then it is inherently corrupt. Make it just. That is the education children of today need.

    Capitalism is a huge creator of poverty, slavery, inequality, greed, crime and ultimately war and death.
    Capitalism is "capitalizing on what another person doesn't know" or "capitalizing on another persons misfortune" so it is clear it has destruction, poverty, inequality, slavery, greed and crime already built into it as its default settings, so-to-speak.

    Education is for those who can afford it. Thus, they follow the wrong and crooked path of those who only sought education to try and become successful rather than changing their government
    • Jan 2 2013: Yes, I agree. But how would this just system be built?

      Of course democracy has its faults... but can we get any better than that? Or are you talking about Socialist or Communist revolutions?

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