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What Is Your View On Global Poverty And Economic Justice?

by Zr Oz about a month ago in economy
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Several answers here for your question:

years ago I discovered some unusual statistics regarding my search for correlations between global illiteracy and poverty on the United Nations website: “1.) Less than 2000 persons on the planet today [this was in the early 1990s] control more than 97.5% of all of the world’s wealth, and 2.) More than 1/2 of the entire world’s population [now more than 3.5 billion people] survive on less than $2.00 income per day.”

the above levels of inequity listed here are far worse now than they were 30 years ago.

Jonathan Kozol in the early 1980s did a meta-analysis of the American public school systems and the adult education programs nationwide and determined from his data collection that perhaps 60–90 million Americans [back then] were illiterate or functionally illiterate. Those numbers have increased since then.

The high levels of illiteracy and unemployment and poverty are highly correlated worldwide not just in the United States.

the failures of educational systems worldwide in my opinion is and have been absolutely deliberate, for the current very demonic world leaders would not be able to continue with their worldwide social and economic engineering policies if it were not that the people of the world remaining perfectly ignorant of their manipulations of world trends: economically, politically, militaristically, educationally, religiously, socially, legally, business-wise, etc etc etc.

My view of economic justice is to enable people to be free to eliminate poverty. The greater the economic restrictions placed on people the worse the poverty. Poverty cannot be eliminated by controlling people.

You could write a book on both, but let me give you my view. Global poverty is declining, China was the biggest contributor to that decline in the last century. In the next century, it will include India and Africa. So, the world is becoming more prosperous, barring wars.

Economic justice is in the view of the beholder. My view is that it is a national issue with each country determining its references and standards. Most countries are developing or have become developed and more to come. So, in a sense economies that make the population richer have fewer issues, especially if the middle class rises.

Just look up the separate definitions of “justice" and “fairness”. I recommend using a dictionary that is pre-1970. Since then, the language has been confounded and definitions with political connotations have been applied to words -- especially to words connected to adjectives. Richard Feynman, a scientist who is called the father of quantum physics said, “When the word ‘science’ comes with adjectives, it probably isn’t science". I believe the same is true for the word “justice" (and in this case, the word “fairness” also). If you have access to a Bible, look up Leviticus 19:15 in regards to justice.

Word definitions have been changing to promote equality of outcome. In our post-Christian world, character attributes like virtue, mercy, brotherly love, kindness, patience, long-suffering, and peacefulness have been replaced with sameness…or “equality". Or at least the definitions of the terms have been subjugated to sameness or wholly modified to require sameness.

That would depend entirely on HOW all that was implemented.

Just for example (not trying to make a political point or anything like that), the early 20th century included several notable attempts by larger nations to bring about “social-economic, and environmental justice” in their countries. Germany tried to do it one way, the Soviet Union tried to do it another way, most famously. We know that both those methods of implementation were unpleasant to the people who lived through it all.

Right now in the US, we have people proposing nearly opposite ways to implement those exact things, and I don’t much like any of the extreme proposals.

I also very much oppose the “let’s do nothing at all, and plan on justice arriving via magic capitalism” approach, since I know from American history already, that that is what caused the opposite of those ideas to prevail.

If my own idea of justice in those areas were implemented, I am confident my own status would remain about the same in terms of my personal wealth, but my overall living conditions would be dramatically improved.

The bottom 10% will ALWAYS have less than the top 90%; regardless of who or where the bar is set.

Economic justice is an academic strawman that is nothing more than a Fairy Tale.

Mother Nature does NOT believe in nor practices equality; otherwise, we’d all be the same & EQUAL.

If you own a business, hire and produce in a way that is just. When you make consumer choices, be willing to spend a couple of extra dollars to make purchases in a way that promotes economic justice.

Economic justice is a form of social justice. The political economy is the key structure that determines the dynamics of a social arrangement.

I provide an example of a theory of justice here:

Tom Wetzel's answer to What exactly is social justice (no answers from people who use the phrase social justice warrior please. I want a definition that isn't telling me it's anyone with whom you disagree.)?

In this theory, a condition of natural justice is that people are to have control over the decisions that affect them, to the extent they are affected. This is called self-management. So it means in regard to those decisions that are solely your affair, you should be able to control them, and decisions that have a collective impact — such as how a workplace is run — should be controlled collectively.

So this principle would imply that all industries should be collectively self-managed by the workers there.

This can be argued for as a theory of natural justice as humans have by nature the capacity to learn and govern their own activities and control the decisions that affect them. Since the capitalist political economy tramples or denies worker self-management, it is in violation of the principles of natural justice and is, therefore, a system of injustice — the form of injustice called class domination.

Poverty is there to stay. It’s a political entity and asset now that’s tapped and manipulated during election season. It’s created by rich nations to keep small ones busy. It is used by wealthy local leaders as a tool to get aid, funding, project technologies, assistance, and sympathies in case of trade quotas, and fights for water and food resources. It’s unexplainable in the modern era to see enormous poverty issues when all rich and poor nations' only target and goal is to provide for the poor and the left-behind.

The globe is not something that can be considered poor or rich: only people can.

There are lots of poor people in the world: I understand that I am to be considered solely responsible for this. I will have to consider what to do about it: please be patient, it is a considerable task.

Economic justice is not something I have ever heard of. I try to understand justice in terms of transactions, contracts, promises, and so on. You seem to have more in mind, please explain. I will then see what I can do to help.

Together, I am sure that we can sort this out, but I think you need to throw a little more light on the problem AS YOU SEE IT. I do not want to waste time-solving the wrong problem.

It is a true tragedy today. But there will come a time when extreme poverty, suffering, and economic injustice will ultimately be reduced to a minimal level. Over the next centuries, as we grow and develop and achieve universal education, poverty, and economic injustice will increasingly diminish, as it already has decreased substantially in many developed nations.

We can become disheartened at times by current events and injustice but fail to see the tremendous increase in awareness and consciousness in the world over the past 300 years. There are and remain retrograde forces and selfish movements will arise at times, but they will dissipate and become increasingly discredited with each new generation. We have only begun this process, facilitated in large part by rapid scientific and social developments over the past 200 years. As seen in the greater arc of human history, we have made great strides, especially in many so-called developed economies. It is not difficult to see how much injustice and suffering in many countries have been reduced (not yet sufficiently). We can then extrapolate or project those examples into the future and envision how that may continue in those countries as well as resume and progress even more rapidly in many other countries until the progress eventually becomes universal and complete.

The current situation and history of poverty and injustice are a consequence of humanity's spiritual and moral immaturity. While we have made great progress, we still lack a sufficient sense and universal ethic of justice, despite the Golden Rule of preferring others to ourselves and caring for the poor and less fortunate being fundamental teachings of all the major religions, particularly the two most dominant religions of Christianity and Islam.

There is a wonderful book on this written in 1875 as an open letter to leaders of Persia called Secret of Divine Civilization by ‘Abdu'l-Baha (Sir Abbas Effendi) that addresses many of these issues. ‘Abdu'l-Baha, once freed from exile and imprisonment in the Ottoman Empire, spoke extensively about these issues from 1911 to 1913 in Europe and North America. He warned of a coming war in Europe and another war after that, but he also optimistically and positively foretold of a greater ultimate vision of peace and justice in the world. He anticipated and foretold the rise of world institutions (League of Nations and the United Nations) that, while flawed and inadequate, will create the foundations for universal peace and justice to eventually be realized in later centuries.

‘Abdu’l-Baha was known for his care of the poor, sick, and less fortunate. He encouraged and early on helped support the Save the Children charity, including encouraging that it expand its focus to the suffering of children around the world. During World War I, he organized agriculture and the storage of grain in Northern Palestine and distributed grain to prevent suffering and starvation in the immediate region, now Northern Israel. For his humanitarian efforts, he was knighted by the British Empire after World War I. He passes away in 1921 and is now buried on Mount Carmel in Haifa, Israel. His example is the example we should aspire to.


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