How does someone like Bernie Sanders get even close to the presidency in the United States of America? Bernie gives off a magnificent illusion of how great the U.S. can be under a socialistic regime. Many Christians are following suit because they believe that national redistribution of wealth is more pious, ethical, and fairâ€”but believe it or not, capitalism is the answer to ending poverty!
Let’s recap so far:
Decrease of Poverty Due to Free Enterprise
Freedom from coercion, fraud, theft
Peaceful means of exchange
Encourages hard work ethics
Centralized (Government) Control of Economy
Systematized theft and force
Violent means of exchange
Discourages hard work ethics
Helping the Poor of the 3rd World
Many well meaning people blame capitalism and 1st world countries for the barrenness of 3rd world countries. Usually the accusation is greed. Socialism and more rules and laws are hailed as the answer. History has a different story. The more contact a 3rd world country has with a capitalistic country, the better off they have becomeÂ economically.
Get this: It was the British who brought rubber trees to Malaya over 100 years ago and now Malaya is a booming metropolis of rubber plantations–owned by its own citizens! Some people have tried to eradicate poverty by foreign aid. Yet, what actuallyÂ keeps third world nations in poverty is internal causes. Free-marketsÂ free the poor and oppressed from economic oppression.Â
What causes poverty?
Internal causes consist of things like:
culture and morals of people
lack of education
lack of ambition
One of the biggest issues is unstable governments. For example, the United States gave millionsÂ of foreign aid to Idi Amin of Uganda. Amin kept the aid for his own means and continued to slaughter tens of thousands of people. It does no good to send shipping containers over to these countries when the government in power does not distribute them. The third world does not need socialism…in order raise their standard of living, the third world needs capitalism.
“The more economic regulations passed on society, the more the poor are oppressed. Even when those regulations are meant to help the poor. “
â€œâ€¦if you love the poor, if you are a good Samaritan,Â you must stand for the free enterprise system, and you must defend it, not just for ourselves but for people around the world.Â It is the best anti-poverty measure ever invented.â€
-Arthur C. Brooks
Watch this video below. We should let the facts inform us as weÂ strive to help the poor and love our neighbor.
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Nicole Leaman is a wife and mother of three daughters. With a degree in Criminal Justice, she actively blogs about social matters regarding women and culture as a Senior Contributor to The Reformed Conservative.