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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 19 2013: The solution has to begin with capitalism. "Developed Countries" have the technological capacity to produce enough resources to feed, provide shelter, clothing and medical needs for those of us who are less fortunate while increasing the number of employment opportunities for those in developed countries. It is dissapointing that while some countries struggle with severe hunger, poverty and unstable living conditions; capitalistic nations fight health issues related to obesity. Bill Clinton stated some time ago "that people will do the right thing when we are left with no other recourse / when situations become most desperate". I think we need to ask ourselves, ?Desperate for who? We can not continue to allow "the few" to determine / drive our morality. We cannot continue to be partnered with the systematic population control through genecide. Our silence is our support. Stand up, Speak up and Start change. What we don't do now will only delay our own demise.
    • Jan 24 2013: I completely agree. Although Developed Countries help out the undeveloped countries through the UN and other NGOs, they could do more than that. They just get into trouble eventually after financial crisis, were the US Govt., for example, had to pay to shun the apocalypse while Wall Street investors got unbelievably rich during the boom of the housing-market bubbles. That is such a shame. For all the amount of wealth the industrial countries produce, too little is left to help the needy.

      We do have to stand up. Unfortunately, we are not the majority. Most people choose to ignore poverty, as if that didn't exist. Likewise, the Poor do not know they can change their situation. Imagine if they got together to change things... they would have to be heard. Quite obviously, that may be why the politicans don't care about improving education. Ignorant people are easier to manipulate.

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