View Poll Results: What of the following does the best for eliminating poverty in the world?

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  • Private property.

    55 5.48%
  • Unions.

    315 31.41%
  • Personal liberty.

    69 6.88%
  • Entitlements.

    403 40.18%
  • Taxation

    463 46.16%
  • Freedom from coercion/association.

    52 5.18%
  • Government programs/policies.

    410 40.88%
  • The free market.

    79 7.88%
  • Class struggle.

    14 1.40%
  • Working for oneself.

    59 5.88%
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Thread: How is poverty best eliminated?

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    Re: How is poverty best eliminated?

    Some interesting reading... Poverty in the United States - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    It seems that marriage, a basic education, and learning the skills others are willing to pay you for are key. In minority groups, its notable that asians make more than whites, and that non-American blacks outperform African Americans by a factor of 2. Intelligence is also a non-PC but absolutely evident trait.

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    Re: How is poverty best eliminated?

    Quote Originally Posted by Glen Contrarian View Post
    And apparently you don't know how to read the data, because the data precisely back up what I've been saying all along. The top 29 countries on the list on that link are almost all first-world socialized democracies. Just because you personally may want to claim otherwise, thats what the data say.
    Show us a link that says the countries near the top have high taxes and a lot of regulations.
    If you expect people to be rational, you aren't being rational.

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    Re: How is poverty best eliminated?

    Poverty will never be eliminated... End of discussion

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    Re: How is poverty best eliminated?

    Quote Originally Posted by Glen Contrarian View Post
    That is where YOU keep going wrong: you - like most conservatives - have this bogus perception that we somehow want a fully socialist society. We haven't said that...and I sure as heck haven't said that. I've said time and time and time again that what works best is a socialized democracy in which the social programs are BALANCED by a strong business sector...and this is PRECISELY what you see in ALL first-world democracies: social programs taking care of those sectors where the profit motive does not belong, and business taking care of those sectors where the profit motive DOES belong. Sure, most of us took a hit during the Great Recession, but the first-world democracies are STILL doing better than any other nations on the planet. That much is not in question.

    The only question is WHY are the first-world democracies doing so much better than most of the rest of the world (and have done so for at least a half century) when conservative economic dogma says that nations whose governments and economies are thus structured SHOULD be on the way to the economic dustbin of history. That's the question you cannot answer. Actually, you CAN answer it...but you dare not do so, since the only only answer is 180-out from what conservative economic dogma requires.

    And since it looks like you and I are both here for the long haul, I guess we'll both be able to watch whether California's economy crashes and burns - as you and others are Absolutely Sure is going to happen - or whether California's economy continues to improve.

    Of course, if you wait long enough, ANY economy - no matter how strong - is going to crash and burn. The key is understanding whether it was due to the policies of the politicians...or whether it was due to other factors. In any case, California's economy is certainly improving, no matter what you and your fellow conservatives dearly hope - ahem, I mean, what you and your fellow conservatives Just Know is gonna happen.
    While it may be fun to dream, the important thing to do is see how reality contributes to the results. As I've pointed out in California, and as the economic reality of the EU has shown, your vision, with its strong social spending, leads to malaise and economic stagnation. We can do better.

    Try to stick to the facts, not the ones you are believing in your head.

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    Re: How is poverty best eliminated?

    Quote Originally Posted by mpg View Post
    Show us a link that says the countries near the top have high taxes and a lot of regulations.
    Countries near the top have high taxes.

    And when it comes to regulation, there's no place I know of on the internet that can show you the number of regulations per nation; rather, it takes a measure of experience and common sense.

    For instance, try bribing a cop, a customs official, or a judge in a first-world socialized democracy. What will happen? You know as well as I do that whoever does so will likely spend years in jail. What happens if one does so in third-world nations? It's business as usual - because I have done all three.

    If the people who show up to build improvements on your house here in America start welding, and the welders have no protective gear - no gloves, wearing flip-flops and tank tops, no goggles - what happens? The state would shut it down immediately and it would likely make the news, right? Yeah, it probably would...especially since in any first-world socialized democracy, any worker has the RIGHT to demand protective gear, and the boss has the legal obligation to provide it and to make sure it's used.

    But when they started welding at my house overseas, this was - again - business as usual. I just so happened to have some welding safety gear and I gave it to the guy. He took the gloves, but he refused the goggles and the leather welding jacket (it was too hot for him to wear). And so it goes with ALL business there - it's the golden rule: he who has the gold, makes the rules...and is above the law. The guy on the bottom gets paid peanuts and is often forced to work in unsafe environments...but he's damn glad to have that job because it's a job. And if he gets injured or killed, oh well, too bad so sad...there's no required coverage for that worker, no fiduciary responsibility by that company. No oversight. And any reporter who is so bold to get it printed in the paper is literally risking his life.

    Does this mean that in this particular third-world nation, there are no such regulatory rules governing police, judges, custom officials? No. It means that those rules are largely ignored unless it is to the advantage of the official in question to obey those rules. And why is this? Because the government officials are paid peanuts, too...and the bribes are often necessary for them to feed their own families.

    But regulations that are ignored are effectively the same as no regulation at all. And that's precisely what happens when there is little or no regulatory oversight of a corporation: they will find ways to cut corners at every opportunity up to and including worker safety. It doesn't happen overnight - it happens slowly, gradually, and is eventually entrenched and becomes a way of life.

    This is life in third-world nations, guy. This is the way it is - the golden rule is normally the only rule. Life in third-world nations is often BETTER than life in first-world nations...if you've got money. But if you don't have money...well, that's when you find out first-hand why even GREECE has throngs of illegal immigrants who would rather be there than any of the third-world nations on the other side of the Mediterranean.

    There is a way to change it - such as Lee Kuan Yew did for Singapore - but it takes a very strong leader who isn't afraid of confronting the rich and powerful and politically-connected in order to impose true law and order while at the same time avoiding going down the road to true tyranny.

    I strongly recommend you go live in a third-world nation for a while. Get to know the people, the good and the bad. It's a real education.
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    Re: How is poverty best eliminated?

    Quote Originally Posted by Henrin View Post
    The basic premise of your belief is that the earth owns to everyone.
    The earth is a common right, much as having access to the air around us is a common right.




    They own the land, so they very much have the right to remove my trees. Why should they lose their claim to the land where my trees are planted?
    Having a common right does not mean people may destroy the work of others. That is like saying someone has a right to order a hit on another person because they have a right to free speech.
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    Re: How is poverty best eliminated?

    Education and mentoring.

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    Re: How is poverty best eliminated?

    Quote Originally Posted by Geoist View Post
    The earth is a common right, much as having access to the air around us is a common right.

    Having a common right does not mean people may destroy the work of others. That is like saying someone has a right to order a hit on another person because they have a right to free speech.
    You can not separate the land on which my property rests with the ownership of the land itself. If you are to say that the land is owned by everyone, but they may not act towards the property that I have built on their land then you are undoubtedly restricting their right to their land, as now there is a patch of land they have no control over and can not act towards to push forward their own interests. They must instead allow my trees to grow and prosper or my house to stay standing and there is nothing at that point they can do about it. Under a system where all land is owned by everyone and yet individuals own the products of their labor there is no such thing as peace as the ideas that you have laid contradict each other and can not rest without conflict.

    As for the idea of rents, it is again an absurdity, as who has the right to charge me rent for property that I justly own? It is as absurd as the red hen being charged by those that didn't help make the bread for the production of the bread itself.
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    Re: How is poverty best eliminated?

    Quote Originally Posted by ocean515 View Post
    While it may be fun to dream, the important thing to do is see how reality contributes to the results. As I've pointed out in California, and as the economic reality of the EU has shown, your vision, with its strong social spending, leads to malaise and economic stagnation. We can do better.

    Try to stick to the facts, not the ones you are believing in your head.
    You're referring to the malaise in the EU, but you're forgetting that in response to the Great Recession, most of the EU did not follow Keynesian economics principles - stimulus in times of recession, and austerity in times of prosperity - but instead went straight to austerity, and most of the EU is still trying to follow austerity. America, on the other hand, did resort to government stimulus (though it was too small by half) and as a result not only quickly came out of the recession (though poorly, thanks to the weakness of the stimulus) and has had 53 consecutive months of private sector job growth - which is a record in American history, mind you, and yet another reason I keep saying that if Obama had had an (R) behind his name, y'all would be clamoring to have his face added to Mt. Rushmore.

    And when it comes to California, like I said, we'll see...because we're both going to be here for a long time to come.
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    Re: How is poverty best eliminated?

    Quote Originally Posted by Glen Contrarian View Post
    You're referring to the malaise in the EU, but you're forgetting that in response to the Great Recession, most of the EU did not follow Keynesian economics principles - stimulus in times of recession, and austerity in times of prosperity - but instead went straight to austerity, and most of the EU is still trying to follow austerity. America, on the other hand, did resort to government stimulus (though it was too small by half) and as a result not only quickly came out of the recession (though poorly, thanks to the weakness of the stimulus) and has had 53 consecutive months of private sector job growth - which is a record in American history, mind you, and yet another reason I keep saying that if Obama had had an (R) behind his name, y'all would be clamoring to have his face added to Mt. Rushmore.

    And when it comes to California, like I said, we'll see...because we're both going to be here for a long time to come.
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