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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 15 2013: What can governments do to end poverty in their countries?
    My answer may anger some. Governments can stop stealing the monies.

    Is a solution possible under capitalism?
    My answer may anger some. No, not in the USA, and I know of no other nation either.
    Capitalism is Congress born. The Corporate system of commerce with it's Limited Liability Laws,
    gives rise to corruption without legal peril.

    Corruption can not allow charity. Charity is a non-corrupt activity.

    Simply said. We are doomed.
    We will destroy our nation before we toast to death.
    • Jan 19 2013: The forces that compel nations and empires to rise and fall will allways be repeated, in endless cycle, thoughout history.
      • Jan 20 2013: Carlos, you are right as rain.

        We are now chained to our irrational fears, a fire kept burning by Presidents and Congress's who have peeled and chopped our citizen rights with their never-ending emergencies created to make Wars on other nation's shores, and their cunningly created Financial emergencies, designed to drain our Treasures.

        Not caused by you or me.

        I my lifetime I've watched the demise of this once great nation, it's peoples lulled, corruption spread, and freedom now but a memory.

        An endless cycle. I must agree.

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