This past week, a good friend restated to me his belief that poverty is caused almost solely by the choices of individuals. He credited the wealth of America to the biblical principles espoused by its forefathers. He acknowledged that it’s hard to pull yourself up by your bootstraps when you have nothing, but pointed out that his parents once survived on 15k a year with a growing family–and they pulled themselves up.
What would you say to him?
I think this is one of the most pervasive myths of capitalism, and like all true myths, has elements of factual reality in it. However, the more I travel the world,the more people I meet, the more history I read, the more I think there are huge errors with this way of thinking.
My friend is not alone in his viewpoint. I have read numerous religious-based texts that openly espouse such a worldview and history books that imply it. Many, if not most of my friends probably believe the sentiments my friend shared are reality.
I am looking forward to watching this movie and considering its claims. Is it vile socialist propaganda, or does it have some accurate observations to share?
What do you think?
This entry was posted on September 22, 2009 by Josh Ambrose. It was filed under Uncategorized and was tagged with beck, capitalism, falwell, fox news, history, limbaugh, money, philosophy, poverty, questions, religion, social justice, the bible, the end of poverty.