A solution to poverty and overpopulation!!
“Mr. President, we need a solution to end with poverty and overpopulation in our country!”
Yeah, I know it’s kind of a dumb question…
There isn’t a problem with overpopulation. If anything the Earths growth will probably slow down quite dramatically by 2050.
Poverty can be fixed easily. But too many rich people would probably have a thing or two to say about that.
Ever read the satire on eating babies to end poverty and overpopulation?
@staylucky, yeah the population growth is due to peek, i was watching a TED talk a few months ago and the presenter said that it is suppose to peek at about 10 billion. mind you this is still 3 billion more people than we have now but agricultural technology continues to grow and we distribute food properly, i feel like we wont have any problems supporting the human population.
There are very simple solutions to poverty, but that would mean sacrifices would have to be made by the middle and upper class. Now if you are part of that middle or upper class, ask yourself the question if you would be willing to. If not, then ask yourself the questions if you honestly care about poverty, or is it just a simple going with the flow and a politically correct way of thinking.
@alexunknown, Every 2 minutes 95 billion dollars worth of wealth will change hands. 45 billion of that will go from some one who has less money to someone who has more. The rich are getting richer.
@alexunknown, Well there is a solution. The countries that have the highest levels of self-sufficiency (I mean as far as people are productive and appart from the interdependance we all have within society on each other, they generally provide for themselves with their compensation for contribution) these countries also have the lowest population growth, some even have negative population growth.
@alexunknown, because someone always has to poor. I think that if everyone in poverty was gone, the lower-middle class would become the new group of impoverished people. The market would eventually adjust so that we would still be stuck with the same problem of poverty in our society. The only way to fix this would be by redistributing the wealth so everyone had an even share, but this would never happen because of humans’ ambition/greed. Also, were the wealth redistributed so everyone always was equal, people would, I believe, not have enough incentive to work their hardest. It’s impossible to find a system where everyone would be incentivized to work their hardest without giving some people more than others, and by giving some more than others, we will always have a system where some people are in poverty.
@neith, We went through a big surge the last century or so, but gender equality has meant that a lot of women are not marrying or having children anymore (or at least not pumping out families of 3-6 kids), so most first world countries are starting to see their numbers slow down.
One of the biggest contributors towards poverty (ironically enough) is most charities. Natives of war-torn or poverty stricken countries have little urge to stay and use any qualifications they might earn because a) They can make a life for themselves somewhere that they have always dreamed of and b) most charities do little to solve any problems. They just allow the people to rest on them without actually looking at ways to keep nationals with degrees there and to invest.
And whoever mentioned something about forfeiting benefits to end poverty, as a middle to high class citizen, I would.
The big companies, corporations and industries know all too well that if they automate they can cut at least 50% of the global work force, they could save a mint on wages but most of those people are what make up the middle class and that is the largest and most profitable consumer base. Automation is a catch 22 situation.
@alexunknown, Also it’s obviously morally wrong
@liammcfeely, So? We’re talking about governments and big businesses here. Like they give a fuck about right or morally wrong.
@staylucky, Yeah, but you asked why I wouldn’t do it, and the moral issue is the largest reason I wouldn’t. I also think it wouldn’t work, but that isn’t as big an issue as me being responsible for killing such a large number of people.
Well, I must say thank you all for your excellent answers. They are actually great and show your brains actually work, and having your opinion gave me a reason to think for a while.
Unfortunately, the only answer that really answered to the question “Why wouldn’t you do it?” was @liammcfeely ‘s “It’s obviously morally wrong”, though I was looking for a little deeper than that.
@liammcfeely, Fair call.
@tylerponte Ever!! I would love it, though!! How do I find it?? :D
@alexunknown, What kind of answer were you looking for if overpopulation doesn’t exist and poverty is a problem that is actually easy to fix though?
Not grilling, genuinely asking :)
@staylucky, well, one where you were the Mr. President having a second thought about it, considering overpopulation exists and poverty is pretty strong in your country. More of a detailed process of your moral, ethical thinking in case you were against this decision… And having myself a second thought, the case where you decided that would be ok, I think your answer would be entertaining too!
@trek79, Cutting even more? Europe and the US are offshoring their jobs already since years to India and China, meaning a big shift in not only white collar jobs, but also blue collar workers now working in India for a five time less salary than in the Western World, or in fabrics in China where workers earn 1 to 2 dollars a day.
We do not want to live without poverty, because that means that we would give up on all the luxury we have right now!
Please people, do not be so ignorant and naive! Poverty is what makes your lives so fucking comfortable!
I find it hilarious how the US pretends to have these ridiculous rules around border control between them and Mexico when in reality a good portion of their economy relies on the work of illegal immigrants (and they are very much aware of this as well).
@filipek, That’s a good point and it adds to my main point, with automation and off-shoring jobs, this system cannot be sustained. It may actually come to a massive culling of human beings or a simple change in how it is done, but any real economic change negates all the wealth accumulated by the elite, and renders all the damage made in that persuit as done for nothing.
@alexunknown, It wouldn’t be governments who would do it. Governments have only been a front for a long time, a pacifier that makes the public think they are relevant so they don’t decend into anarchy before the real power is ready, before they really have nothing to fear. The fact that the moment hasn’t come yet only tells us they are not ready yet and the public still have a chance. The thing is that most people are too apathetic to care, they don’t even listen to people who tell them they are about to be shafted by a 12 inch strap-on.
@alexunknown, btw, I wouldn’t do it because I have nothing to gain from it.
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