May 23, 2008
War on Poverty Finally Won
In Namibia the cure for poverty has finally been found. It’s a sure-fire cure, one hundred percent effective. It’s money.
“The opponents of Basic Income Grants always have the reasoning that people will become dependent,” says Pastor Wilfred Diergaardt. “In fact, what we are seeing here is really lifting people up out of dependency into becoming human again.”
Posted by Jerome Doolittle at May 23, 2008 12:13 PM
Claudia Haarman, one of the administrators of the project, agrees. “What makes people dependent is poverty, because they are dependent on other people, they are dependent to beg.”
Hey, it worked for the Great Divider. He spent most of his life basically on an allowance from Daddy Bush.
People who are too poor to do anything but beg are not producing wealth. It is productive to give everyone a minimum guarantee to ensure that no one goes without food, shelter and other necessities. Furthermore, there is no reason for there to be any involuntary unemployment, there's plenty of decaying infrastructure and public works in need of doing, full employment is just a political decision.
Impressive. Thanks for the link.
Nixon proposed a similar plan in 1969 or so, $5,000 a year for every adult. I was incensed because that wasn't much less than what I was making on my job, but in retrospect it was a good idea.