Preventing Poverty Traps
Why there is still increasing
Some causes of
poverty are stupid
Money spent on waste, such as
arms, could provide jobs and decent living for all.
Instead of the rich getting
richer, as they are, the poor could be getting less poor.
Instead of money concentrating in ever fewer hands, it could be
spread out more. This also would make more jobs, as more people had
more to spend on what they needed.
Depression and malnutrition
are the main reasons why poor people cannot 'pull
themselves up by their bootstraps'. They have no bootstraps. These
could be prevented.
Psychological poverty (qv)
is encouraged by our culture, and affects all income levels, but
especially the poor. This cultural problem too could be tackled.
Psychological child abuse
(qv) damages the spirit and stunts the abilities of millions of
children, making a new generation of poor adults. This too could be
A greed culture from the
rich influences the poor, making them less oriented to
help themselves, and more vulnerable to ruin themselves by gambling
and get-rich-quick crime.
and see Gerry Danaher's website for links between poverty and population.
It is stupid that now there are
fewer good ways to get out of poverty
When there are good hopes of getting out of the poverty trap, poor people
can have motivation and confidence to try. But our greedy short-sighted
society has been making the escape through hard work more difficult .
Structural unemployment -
when only jobs that make profit are available, not jobs that are
Poor health is both a cause
and an outcome of poverty.
Low incomes for the working poor
so that they benefit little from their toil. The rich then
suggest that governments give charity supplements to boost their
incomes, which is demeaning - they deserve full reward. Nobody should
work a full working week for less than a tenth of directors' incomes
at the top. Helpful strategies include reducing the enormity of top
incomes by higher taxes, and by death duties for legacies over $ x.
Taxation that favours the
rich and overcharges the poor. Taxes on necessities.
Payroll tax which discourages providing more jobs and encourages
exploitation of workers. A War Against Poverty would remove taxes
that increase poverty, and inflict taxes on whatever increases
poverty and misery - eg high taxes on high legal charges (to
encourage top lawyers to lower their rates and on low-cost' housing
that does not include conservation features, advertising for
What is done with taxes. Not
just health, social welfare, education, humiliating handouts. Taxes
must pay somehow for whatever a society needs that private enterprise
cannot make profit out of. Taxes can pay for jobs to provide those
needs, which private enterprise cannot pay for.
Banks that favour the rich.
In the past, people could save their way out of poverty, and avoid
getting into debt by saving for what they needed. Now no more. The
less you have, the more charges on your bank account, and interest
minimal or none. Charges on number of transactions harm the poor more
than the rich. A Common Wealth Bank is needed to replace the
so-called commonwealth bank that legally exists only for its
directors and shareholders.
Encouragement of waste
affects rich and poor alike. Poor people can feel
aggrieved if encouraged to be thrifty, because it has a demeaning
connotation today, not a proud one.
Insecurity of work, makes it
is difficult to build anything up, or even stay in one place.
Housing with nowhere to store
anything, so that baby gear for example has to be
re-purchased each time, and goods cannot be bought in discount
Charity when it funds too many jobs for
middle-class counsellors, administrators, PR and
researchers, with more 'ambulances at the bottom' than fences at the
Blows of fortune. The young
receive no training in how to withstand the blows of fortune -
instead, the emphasis is on 'seeking counselling' when they strike,
undermining self-worth, confidence and initiative.
Induced to buy cheap and
non-durable, in the long run the poor pay more.
Rents and the cost of
properties, which are racked up by speculative investment.
Variable interest rates harm
the poorly-off more than the rich.
Children who cannot be cared
for. In many places abortion is the only way to prevent
more children than can be cared. Cultural pressures induce teenage
pregnancies and broken homes.
Educational practices can
make it hard for the poor to become literate (qv
English spelling is a great
social oppression that helps to ensure that the least privileged are
kept off the ladder. A clean up could facilitate literacy for
all.(See English spelling improvement)
Destructive ways to get out of poverty
Drug-dealing, crime and gambling often
appear the only ways to get out of economic poverty. Drugs including
alcohol are psychological escapes from the realities of poverty.
Poverty itself encourages self-destructive and anti-social
responses, including depression, self-hate, anger,
violence, dishonesty, fatalistic sloth, and all the defence
mechanisms, especially projection and denial, which result in
vandalism, squalor, crime, destructive relationships and
self-destructive behaviour. And so poverty at the bottom corrupts the
whole of society.
Global poverty needs separate
but related discussion of solutions, particularly related to
exploitation of undeveloped countries and their labor, the explosions
of population and consumption, health and water problems, and the
degradation of the earth.
Ways out of the poverty
Most of these are obvious, from the account above. For example: -
Change the culture and advertising
that delude the poor more than the fortunate. able to look
Alternatives to gambling.
Temptation should not be wantonly set. 80% of poor people become
poorer when they gamble, but when 'wining Tatts' seems the only hope,
many poor people are prepared to take that risk, dazzled by the
opulence of the rich. See Alternatives to
Capping wealth accumulation.
Poverty is increased when money-wealth is accumulated by means that
do not increase national prosperity, and 'to them that have shall be
Culture shift to
distinguish between Honorable and Filthy Riches according to source
and amount of wealth.
Increases in land values directed to
benefit the whole public, not speculators.
Justice - low cost and ready
Decent housing and rental
Health and energy is needed to get out of poverty. Preventive health care free and available
for all. Alternatives for drugs for
escape, consolation, thrills.
Australia could gain the SocioOlympics
for Poverty Prevention.
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