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Jeff Fiske
Posted 11 months ago
Meg Jay: Why 30 is not the new 20
I spent my 20's wandering the New England states and a few other East Coast USA states. By many standards I probably "mis-spent" my 20's and even part of my 30's. But I gained some invaluable life experience. As a widowed father of 2 (now teenage) boys I can see the wisdom in what Meg is saying. My experience in my 20's and dealing now with the struggles that I set up for myself when I was mis-spending my youth confirms, in my mind, what Meg is saying.
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Jeff Fiske
Posted about 1 year ago
What can governments do to end poverty in their countries? Is a solution possible under capitalism?
Frank, If Capitalism is the cause of poverty then why does poverty exist under other economic systems as well. What you described in your posts is a bastardization of capitalism. The capitalist system itself did not create the problem.When government officials and certain business executives decided to interfere with the system for personal gain they chipped away at the very foundation of the greatest engine for growth and prosperity that the world has ever known. But you cannot blame that on Capitalism. That would be akin to blaming poorly prepared meal on the food rather than the cook. Businesses succeed and fail all of the time for many reasons. It is just as likely to be the fault of the business operator as it is anything else. Just because 80% fail in the first year does not mean that the system is flawed. Perhaps it was a bad idea to begin with. The problem is not that the government doesn't provide proper guidance. Government should have as little involvement as possible. I think we have some points upon which we agree in regards to some of the things that have gone awry in our society. However I believe that your premise, assigning blame for poverty to capitalism, is flawed. I am not a terribly religious man but I recall a certain iconic feature in Christianity saying something to the effect that "the poor will be with you always". That was over 2,000 years ago and capitalism had not even been invented.
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Jeff Fiske
Posted about 1 year ago
What can governments do to end poverty in their countries? Is a solution possible under capitalism?
What you described in your two posts is not basic capitalism. In basic capitalism the government stays out of the way. Corruption exists in all forms of government and economic settings, not just under capitalism. I have been poor. I have been homeless. I live in a capitalist society. I never chose to blame anyone else for my poverty or my living situation. I merely sought a path out. Because I live in a capitalist society opportunities were available to me that may not have been available to others under a different economic system. I am not longer poor. I am no longer homeless. I have traveled around many parts of North and South America and I have seen the extreme examples of poverty in El Salvador, Mexico and Peru. I was struck by the fact that in my worst moments of poverty I had something available to me that I did not see in these people in these other countries. I had hope for a better tomorrow. When hope fades it no longer matters what economic system drives your society.