Why poverty still exists, and what we need to do about it.
The world we live in today harshly punishes those who criticize the system that has brought so much prosperity, and so much indigence, to the world: capitalism. Especially in the United States, capitalism is hailed as the end-all economic system, the final, polished product of thousands of years of human strife. It’s a culture that is intolerant of criticism. The best way to fight this culture? Criticize it.
The World Bank estimates that 1.4 billion people live in what is considered extreme poverty. So why hasn’t poverty been reduced? After all, doesn’t capitalism give everyone a chance to fulfill their dreams?
In theory, each country should eventually become developed. Rich countries will utilize cheap labor in impoverished countries, and capital will inevitably flow into the markets of these countries. That capital will allow them to develop their economies just like other nations, and live prosperous and poverty-free.
But the problem with capitalism is that it leverages human nature to fix every man against each other. This creates a constant demand for cheap labor, and uses that cheap labor to both trap the developing world in pauperism and uphold the prosperous economies of the developed world.
As long as nations like the U.S. continue with this distinctly relaxed economic system, there will always be poverty. There will always be exploitation. This exploitation is possible only because there is no alternative for many of those who work in the developing world. There is no way out, education is too far to reach.
Until we change. I firmly believe that the education of the masses, and especially women, is what will radically change the situation of those 1.4 billion people. Once education in developing nations is prioritized, more women and more men will have skills that far exceed what is needed today. This emancipation of women, and the education of both genders, will free 50% of the population to work on a better future. Anything, or anyone, that interferes with this education and equality that leads to a flourishing society is an enemy of progress. (985)