Justice and Poverty

Read much about social justice and sooner or later you’ll run into the issue of poverty. Most social justice advocates believe poverty is one of the issues social justice must address. Yet I find it to be one of the more troubling ones, not because I disagree, but because it begins to bring in political implications. I think most people agree that human trafficking is wrong, and most would probably also agree that poverty is tragic. Yet human trafficking is easier to address from a politically-neutral perspective. Poverty, conversely, is not. There is a stark difference between the “conservative” and “liberal” narratives on poverty. One argues that poverty is generally caused by personal moral failure, while the other says poverty is perpetuated by unjust social structures. I believe both perspectives are inadequate.

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