10 Reasons People Suggested for Why Poverty Hasn’t Been Solved

Someone recently asked Reddit, “Why hasn’t poverty been solved?” So naturally, Reddit filled the thread with colorful answers (and arguments). However, these are the top-voted suggestions as to why poverty isn’t going away.

1. The War on Poverty Many in the thread agreed with the sentiment, “Because, like the war on drugs, the war on poverty made the problem worse.” Another jokingly replied, “Don’t worry. The US government started a war against poverty in 1964. Give them a few more years, and they will get it done!”

2. The Rich Elitists Don’t Want It To End One suggested, “The wealthy elitists don’t want it to end. It is how they keep us slaves to the wage.” Another argued, “It’s lack of education and motivation of the poor. No one can control us. It’s a personal responsibility.”

Why Poverty Hasn’t Been Solved

3. A Capitalist Economy Needs Poverty Someone suggested, “Because a capitalist economy needs poverty to exist. However, the current wealth distribution does not need to be as extreme as it is for a capitalist economy to work. That 1% has become too greedy.”

4. Human Selfishness One Redditor stated, “Short answer: human selfishness.” Another suggested, “Because people are inherently self-interested and want to get the most out of doing the least. It’s a bit of a double-edged sword since that’s also what drives many technological advancements.”

5. Military Spending

Another answered, “Because military spending is more important.” To which many agreed and noted, “Cringe.”

6. Poverty Is the Natural State One shared, “Because poverty is the natural state, everyone is born without any material wealth. It’s either earned, stolen, or inherited. I’m not talking about the survival of the fittest. I’m talking about the basic fact that wealth is a human-made construct and unnatural.”

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