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Looking for Poverty Solutions that Actually Work

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In the 50 years since Lyndon Johnson declared war on poverty, American taxpayers have spent a whopping $22 trillion dollars on anti-poverty programs. Yet the poverty rate has remained essentially the same.

 

 

 

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Both in the old testament and in the new the observation is made that the poor will always be present in society so one ought never to expect poverty to be ended no matter how much money is spent on programs to end it.

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It seems that anti-poverty initiatives work best from the bottom up, rather than the top down. And this is intuitively the case, when one realises that the poor themselves know best how to alleviate their condition, and the barriers that prevent them achieving prosperity, and are better experts on this than any government program. For the kind of initiative that seems to work, see Detroit Soup, or, more internationally, check out Deki.

 

Best wishes, 2RM.

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It seems that anti-poverty initiatives work best from the bottom up, rather than the top down. And this is intuitively the case, when one realises that the poor themselves know best how to alleviate their condition, and the barriers that prevent them achieving prosperity, and are better experts on this than any government program. For the kind of initiative that seems to work, see Detroit Soup, or, more internationally, check out Deki.

 

Best wishes, 2RM.

 

You are right; the closer to the lives of the poor the better the solution will be and the best of all is for the poor to govern their own affairs with help from their own families and from the local government when needed - the more distant government of state and federation are less in touch with what is needed and how best to meet it. I am not urging that families ought to pay all the expenses of keeping their poor relatives and it is certainly true that extended families are largely a thing of the past in wealthy nations where individualism has almost destroyed the wider family and even weakened the nuclear family but a family may manage its members with more wisdom and compassion than a public servant who is paid for handling such matters. So yes, a solution that concentrates on the most immediate sources of help will work best.

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You are right; the closer to the lives of the poor the better the solution will be and the best of all is for the poor to govern their own affairs with help from their own families and from the local government when needed - the more distant government of state and federation are less in touch with what is needed and how best to meet it. I am not urging that families ought to pay all the expenses of keeping their poor relatives and it is certainly true that extended families are largely a thing of the past in wealthy nations where individualism has almost destroyed the wider family and even weakened the nuclear family but a family may manage its members with more wisdom and compassion than a public servant who is paid for handling such matters. So yes, a solution that concentrates on the most immediate sources of help will work best.

 

Awesome reply pepper.

 

Solidarity begins in the family unit.

 

God bless,

William

 

 

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