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Re: [humanism-174] Atheists/humanists don't care about poverty?

From: Greg P.
Sent on: Friday, February 8, 2013 12:13 PM
Local efforts can be more responsive, at least in theory. 
But what are the poor to do when they're stuck in some 
backwater state where the local government sees no need 
for a social safety net?

One of the strong points of federal programs is that they 
are consistently applied across the country, or at least 
every jurisdiction has the same strings attached to a 
funded mandate.


On Fri, 8 Feb[masked]:53:31 -0500
  Glen <[address removed]> wrote:
> Matt wrote:
> "Many atheists may also feel that poverty is a problem 
>best addressed by government programs/policies."
> I'm definitely not one of them. I think the federal 
>government is generally very inefficient in this realm, 
>and in fact has many many misguided programs and policies 
>that do more to entrench and perpetuate poverty than 
>solve it, while draining the economy. I believe the more 
>local the effort, and the more it emphasizes and 
>encourages self-sufficiency, the better off everyone is, 
>from the taxpayers to the needy.  This is not to say that 
>private charities are always models of efficiency 
>either.  I just read a book entitled _Toxic Charity_ 
>which argues that many private charities and even church 
>"missions" are also run in ways that do more harm than 
>good in the long run, and how that can be turned around.  
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