Poverty

With the holiday season upon us, many of us are receiving a higher number of solicitations for contributions to a wide variety of charitable organizations, many of which are focused, in some sense, on “poverty”.  Join us as we discuss the symptoms, the causes, the treatment, and, to the extent there is one, the cure.

While the discussion is to take place only two days before Christmas … an extremely busy time for most … the hope is that some might wish to take a break from the hustle and bustle and pause to reflect on an issue that receives greater attention at this time of the year than at any other.

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  • Gned the G.

    That was very interesting, I wish I hadn't lost my train of thought trying to explain one of my points. I remember part of it now, it's mathematically impossible for gov't to be part of the solution or to help the situation in the long run. I don't have the time or energy right now to explain that but it's part of what I had in mind.

    December 23, 2013

    • Gned the G.

      But yes, very good discussion and I'm especially looking forward to the next one :)

      December 23, 2013

    • Bob P.

      Impossible? Patently untrue. Right-wing government policies (see link below) have, for three decades since Reagan, made extremes of wealth and poverty worse, and government policies could also reverse that trend.

      1 · December 26, 2013

  • Bob P.

    Sorry. Not going out tonight. Have a good dialogue.

    December 23, 2013

    • jeff s.

      After ur prior input I really wish u could have made the discussion.

      December 24, 2013

    • Bob P.

      Yes, Jeff. And I feel somewhat guilty about not attending. Here's a relevant article I just posted: Reality: The Dagger in the Black Heart of Libertarian Ideology,12/24/13. Find it at http://www.exponentia...­

      December 26, 2013

  • jeff s.

    Good discussion but it's too bad our attendance was not better.

    December 24, 2013

  • Bob P.

    I describe the path dependence dynamic that inexorably leads to extremes of wealth and poverty at Wealth Happens http://www.exponentialimproveme...­ .Because the process occurs naturally, many see this and the "free market" as the hand of God in action; however man no longer lives in caves and, through government, can change how we live.

    December 22, 2013

  • Mark

    Unfortunately, I'll be out of town. And when I get back to town, I'll still be broke. It's all on a borrowed dime right now. Gives a whole new meaning to the term "significant" other.

    December 20, 2013

  • Gned the G.

    May I suggest https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=...­ (the Philosophy of Liberty) as something interesting to consider in the context of our last discussion and this upcoming one...

    December 17, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I am sorry to cancel again. I know I won't be able to make it because I have so much going on that week! See you another time.

    December 17, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    New to the group, looking forward to meeting some of you!

    December 17, 2013

  • Gned the G.

    This is tentative, I hope I can make it. Maybe my girlfriend might want to come too.

    December 9, 2013

  • Joanne

    There are many types of poverty. For me, poverty is a state of lack detrimental to the health and well being of a person. Even Jesus said that the poor are always with us. Simplistically, poverty is a problem of logistics. Distribution of the resources of this planet so that each person has adequate water, food and protection from the elements in order to sustain life. A life out of balance due to deprivation is sub-optimal in my world view. What is the cause of lack? Why do large populations of people continue to live in constant lack? What keeps people from moving to environments that can sustain them?

    1 · November 14, 2013

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