John Gault Posted over 2 years ago What can governments do to end poverty in their countries? Is a solution possible under capitalism? What can governments do to erase poverty? Who are the people (generally speaking) who live below the poverty level in the US? 1. Unwed Mothers 2. Divorced families 3. Convicted Criminals 4. Those born into poverty 5. Those with no savings to fall back on when unforseen circumstances hit 6. Those who do not have a collegiate education. What can government do to RAISE them above the poverty line. Give them financial incentives to meet the minumum levels of financial independence as set by the government''s poverty levels. 1. Financial incentive to NOT have children out of wedlock 2. Financial incentive NOT to divorce 3. Financial incentive to NOT repeat criminal activity 4. Financial incentive to leave living below poverty level 5. Financial incentive to save 6. Financial incentive to go to college By financial incentive I mean USD directly given to the individual. Instead of giving those money who fail to meet minimum poverty level living requirements (As governments do that all over the world and it does not eradicate poverty, it simply allows those in poverty to continue to exist at current levels), lets give them monetary compensation for achieving the minimum levels.. There are very very very few examples in world history of communities living without poverty due to government action. Plutarch and Herodotus gave us Lycurgus and the 500 some year rule of his laws in ancient Sparta as an example. Yet many historians argue whether Lycurgus was even a real historical figure. Tribal, aboriginal, nomadic communities might be said to not have poverty, but of course they are not based on a "traditional" model like we are assuming. So, to the question, Is it possible for Government to eradicate poverty, and if so, how? My idea is to simply give those who fall below current poverty levels financial incentive to escape.