This article shall focus on the role of government in eradicating poverty and its especially strong function in social insurance.
The German chancellor christian lindner has raised a few doubts about this vital government function, which prompted me to take up this topic and elaborate upon it.
But first, let’s look at the definition, according to the oxford dictionaries: poverty is defined as ‘the state of being extremely poor; lack of the means of subsistence.
Such definitions are far too broad to be used for solving political problems (and I’ll come back to that), but it’s good enough for use in everyday discourse. Wealth, on the other hand, is defined as a great quantity or store of money, goods, or other valuable things. The two words could not be more different. What Lindner is trying to achieve with his statement is to make people aware of the difference and to motivate them to do something about it.
The problem with poverty is that it is relative. One person’s poverty might be another person’s wealth. And even if we would agree on a common definition of poverty, there is still the problem of measuring it. The gini coefficient is one such measure, but it has its shortcomings. It doesn’t take into account regional disparities for example. So by looking at this measure, we might get a false impression that everything is just fine.
Even if we would have a perfect measure of poverty, it would still be a relative concept. To eradicate poverty, we would need to get everyone out of poverty, which is impossible. So the goal should be to reduce poverty as much as possible. This can be done by creating opportunities for people to lift themselves out of poverty. This can be done through education, training and job creation. But it also requires a strong social safety net, which is something that the government can provide.
The government has a few essential functions when it comes to eradicating poverty:
– It needs to create opportunities for people to lift themselves out of poverty
– It needs to provide a strong social safety net
– It needs to ensure that there are no regional disparities in wealth
– It needs to measure poverty and track progress
All of these functions are important in order to reduce poverty as much as possible. And the government is the only institution that can do all of these things effectively. The private sector is not equipped to handle such tasks. While there are some charitable organizations that try to do something about poverty, their impact is limited. The government has the resources and the infrastructure to make a real difference.
So while lindner’s statement might be interpreted as a call for less government intervention, I believe that it’s actually a call for more government intervention in order to eradicate poverty. We need a strong government to provide a social safety net and create opportunities for people to lift themselves out of poverty. Thank you for your time and I look forward to your responses.
The government has an important role in eradicating poverty
– it needs to provide a social safety net
– it needs to ensure that there are no regional disparities in wealth
– it needs to create jobs and opportunities for people to lift themselves out of poverty
– It’s the only institution that can do all this effectively because private sector isn’t equipped to handle such tasks.