Originally Posted by SpamSandwich
Poverty is not something that can be erased with the wave of a wand, or through income redistribution. If the real answer was for you to live in squalor so the world's poor could be lifted up, would you choose that route? Because socialism doesn't work. It's been proven time and again.
Socialism has not been shown NOT to work. Socialism is not a governance principle, in point of fact, many socialistic programs DO work. Medicare/Medicaid, social security etc do in fact help people live better lives than they would have been otherwise (the proof is in the fact that between the periods right before these programs came to exist and right afterward, controlling for other economic externalities, elder members of society got appreciably better access to healthcare, etc than before). Socialism in conjunction with capitalism works amazingly well -- together they bring balance to two unbalanced economic theories. So don't tell me socialism doesn't work... Socialism is NOT communism. Communism DOESN'T work.
Income redistribution, a retarded meme that has never existed, describing the provision of social alms to the poor is about as fundamental a principle in our ethical framework as anything else. It has never been about getting people out of poverty. It is about making those who are in poverty have better chance at survival so they can get themselves out of poverty. It is about reducing THEIR burden on society, from diseases to economic damage done by a large disgruntled uncared for group.
There is no danger of me living in squalor to help the poor -- in point of fact, there is so little money needed for the provision of basic food and medical attention for the poor it is almost laughable that you are using this as an argument. I read recently that you could end starvation world wide with $38B/year. That is nothing. We don't do it because people with philosophies similar to your don't think it is worth it. I think it is.
Don't give me your crap about income redistribution. You live the life you lead because the poor don't suffer as much here.