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.

Many in the thread agreed with the sentiment, “Because, like the war on drugs, the war on poverty made the problem worse.”

The War on Poverty

One suggested, “The wealthy elitists don’t want it to end. It is how they keep us slaves to the wage.”

The Rich Elitists Don’t Want It To End

Someone suggested, “Because a capitalist economy needs poverty to exist."

A Capitalist Economy Needs Poverty

One Redditor stated, “Because people are inherently self-interested and want to get the most out of doing the least.”

Human Selfishness

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

Military Spending

One shared, “Because poverty is the natural state, everyone is born  without any material wealth. It’s either earned, stolen, or inherited."

Poverty Is the Natural State

One replied, “Because it doesn’t turn a profit – the same reason almost every solvable problem exists.”

It’s Not Profitable

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