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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 29 2013: Connecting capitalism to poverty in any form is relatively meaningless. One could try to connect Keynsian theory to poverty, or communism to poverty, etc. They are independent phenomena. One might just as well try to connect religion to poverty - as a cause. The cause of poverty lies in the psyche of those afflicted. They have not been trained to shun poverty by intent, or are incapable of retaining precepts of self-reliance. Their home life while growing up will affect the otherwise-capable, who are the most amenable to correction. Some, however -typically the marginally mentally ill and the mentally ill will almost certainly become poor on reaching adulthood. The only correction method is and always will be is to make accommodations for them. Matthew 26:11 says that "the poor will always be with you". I see no reason to obsolete that thought. Any form of government will be faced with the same problem. Better to put forth out efforts to codify the efficient performance of the obligation so formed. Ideas anyone?

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