The Causes Of Poverty

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Homelessness is frequently shown in the media, but not nearly enough attention is given to the issue. There are innumerable instances of poverty witnessed everyday, because the issue is so grand and varied, but not nearly enough solutions are poured out to path the ever growing problem. Poverty, the cause of the world’s most prominent issues, provokes suffering on a global scale; the attitude and resources given to those in poverty are absolutely abhorrent, which is why it is the greatest social injustice.
Even though the situation is well known, Americans are surprisingly ignorant and oppose aiding the effort, taking antagonistic views. In an early 2001 national poll conducted by National Public Radio (NPR) asked Americans eighteen and older,
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Often times limited resources are difficult to access, because of this, the educational goals the poor youth hold are hardly formed into concrete goals. Furthermore, most recipients of welfare really do want to go to work, because it provides a “purpose in life, a place to go a sense of control, and income” (Crowley, Lichter 3). Most of the time public or government assistance is the only way to make ends meet, but the poor would most rather like to be self-subsidized. Poor women especially hate welfare, and say that because if their destitute state, “the poor believed they are entitled to cash assistance if they experience economic need, but that very few approved of welfare receipt per se” (Crowley, Lichter 4). Most of these women feel degraded by the system, and reported resenting the public views that they are lazy or avoid work because they struggle to pay bills while raising a family. Because of these obscene views, global poverty can be rightfully deemed the greatest social injustice.
Many poor people however, distrust the government programs designed to help them. This belief is rooted in the fact that government aid is not too effective nor efficient. “There is little evidence to suggest that
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In the midst of all the chaos, developed countries are trying to make as much profit out of the struggling countries as possible. Poverty is a global epidemic, and may be the cause of a civil war: “Many feel that high levels of inequality will affect social cohesion and lead to problems such as increasing crime and violence” (Shah 3). Inequality is felt around the world as at least 80 percent of humanity live on less than $2.50 a day while the income gap increases. When analyzing a specific continent such as Africa, a report about deepening inequality says “It’s no wonder that the rich individuals in Africa are getting richer, because we’re seeing a form of ‘development’... which hugely benefits the wealthy, but makes the lives of the poor even harder. Aid money, trade agreements and corporate ‘investment’ pushed by Britain are locking countries into a form of growth which is all about making the rich even more rich and the poor even more poor” (Anderson, Sedghi 2). All across the continent, poverty is rising at the same time as GDP is rising, meaning all the growth is consumed up by the super-rich, leaving the ordinary people even more impoverished. All citizens, including children feel the hardships of poverty: “Around 21,000 children die every day around the world” (Shah 4), due to preventable disease and illnesses, but some citizens and countries lack the inalienable resources

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