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"The Greatest Achievement in Human History": The Global Reduction in Poverty
Townhall.com ^ | January 4, 2014 | Kevin Glass

Posted on 01/04/2014 1:21:13 PM PST by Kaslin

American Enterprise Institute scholar Mark Perry highlights what he says "might qualify as the chart of the century because it illustrates one of the most remarkable achievements in human history."

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Perry also points to Arthur Brooks' commentary on why this is happening across the globe:

It was globalization, free trade, the boom in international entrepreneurship. In short, it was the free enterprise system, American style, which is our gift to the world.

I will state, assert and defend the statement that if you love the poor, if you are a good Samaritan, you must stand for the free enterprise system, and you must defend it, not just for ourselves but for people around the world. It is the best anti-poverty measure ever invented.

That's not to say there isn't a long way to go in making progress on global poverty - not to mention poverty in the United States - but it's important to recognize how far we've come in the last fifty years.

I spoke with Zack Beauchamp on Bloggingheads.tv on this exact topic. In our 2013 round-up video, he highlighted this trend and said that 2013 was likely the best year in human history:


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1 posted on 01/04/2014 1:21:13 PM PST by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin

“Globalization” is Marxist in nature, not American free enterprise. That’s why slavery is more prevalent around the world than at any time in human history (30 million at last estimate).


2 posted on 01/04/2014 1:26:00 PM PST by Olog-hai
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To: Kaslin

And the nation that made it possible is the number one most hated, most mocked, most reviled, most attacked nation in the world. We’re “the great Satan.”

And also the one that is inundated by millions of people who want to get here, legally and illegally.


3 posted on 01/04/2014 1:27:48 PM PST by Steely Tom (If the Constitution can be a living document, I guess a corporation can be a person.)
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To: Steely Tom

The millions that “want to get here” nowadays are in it for the freebies, not like the people from before that want to work to get ahead in life. And some are in it to help take the USA down.


4 posted on 01/04/2014 1:29:51 PM PST by Olog-hai
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To: Steely Tom
...the nation that made it possible is the number one most hated, most mocked, most reviled, most attacked nation in the world. We’re “the great Satan.”

The forces of evil always hate the forces of good.

5 posted on 01/04/2014 1:30:05 PM PST by Standing Wolf (No tyrant should ever be allowed to die of natural causes.)
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To: Kaslin

The natural condition of mankind is slavery and poverty. The Founding Fathers created a system to change that. For this they will be forever reviled among the leaders of the world. I really fear a return to Dark Ages II.


6 posted on 01/04/2014 1:34:19 PM PST by Don Corleone ("Oil the gun..eat the cannoli. Take it to the Mattress.")
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To: Olog-hai
“Globalization” is Marxist in nature, not American free enterprise.

The Popular Front of the Communist International has always been a corporate sponsorship. Marxism is merely the pitch; fascism is the reality.

7 posted on 01/04/2014 1:34:20 PM PST by Carry_Okie (0-Care IS Medicaid; they'll pull a sheet over your head and take everything you own to pay for it.)
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To: Kaslin

I think the discovery of antibiotics is the most important.

Before them, 9 out of 10 people died from infectious disease. Now only 1 out of 10. That is why heart disease and cancer are now the leading causes of death.


8 posted on 01/04/2014 1:34:50 PM PST by yarddog (Romans 8: verses 38 and 39. "For I am persuaded".)
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To: Kaslin

We’ve offshored so many industries, which does indeed raise the standard of living in other countries, that now we are in danger of becoming so weak that we can no longer defend freedom.

We don’t owe anything to China. Their overpopulation problem is not our problem. I’m not opposed to helping them some. But now they are challenging us militarily. I think we’ve overdone it.

We need to raise them import tariffs and restore our own industries and economy.


9 posted on 01/04/2014 1:38:34 PM PST by DannyTN (A>)
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To: Kaslin
It is the best anti-poverty measure ever invented.

But libtards are so brainwashed by Marx's exploitation theory, that they believe that with the free enterprise system, the rich capitalists exploit the poor wage earners, so free enterprise has to be destroyed.

10 posted on 01/04/2014 1:39:02 PM PST by mjp ((pro-{God, reality, reason, egoism, individualism, natural rights, limited government, capitalism}))
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To: yarddog

Modern sanitation also figures huge in that.


11 posted on 01/04/2014 1:44:10 PM PST by Pharmboy (Democrats lie because they must.)
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To: yarddog

Agreed with anesthesia a distant second


12 posted on 01/04/2014 1:49:21 PM PST by MattinNJ (It's over Johnny. The America you knew is gone. Denial serves no purpose.)
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To: Kaslin
Matthew 26:6-13
While Jesus was in Bethany in the home of Simon the Leper, a woman came to him with an alabaster jar of very expensive perfume, which she poured on his head as he was reclining at the table.
When the disciples saw this, they were indignant. “Why this waste?” they asked. “This perfume could have been sold at a high price and the money given to the poor.”
Aware of this, Jesus said to them, “Why are you bothering this woman? She has done a beautiful thing to me. The poor you will always have with you, but you will not always have me.

I think Jesus knew what he was talking about. We won't EVER eliminate poverty, hunger, etc.
What makes us great, I think, is that we keeping TRYING to eliminate them.

13 posted on 01/04/2014 1:59:04 PM PST by cloudmountain
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To: Kaslin

Thanks for posting this great news!


14 posted on 01/04/2014 1:59:42 PM PST by grundle
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To: Kaslin
I think abortion has had a lot to do with this. From the 1950’s on, legalized abortion has been gaining footholds throughout the countries of the world - countries that sold their souls for material wealth, to live/feel better no matter what the cost, spiritually - hedonism.

Abortion is a temporary fix to material poverty. As it continues in time, abortion increases financial poverty as we are beginning to forecast and even witness in many countries now (i.e. China, USA, UK, etc). Other evils begin to attempt to compensate for the unnatural imbalance.

It only stands to reason that trading God's blessings for hedonism will result in complete spiritual and material disaster and moral bankruptcy. With abortion, euthanasia, infanticide, healthcare rationing, assisted-suicide, and all the sexual perversities, being the rule, rather than the exception, we can be sure that we are a long long way from reconciliation.

As we stew in our decadence, denying God, the Holy Spirit will retract from restraining the forces of evil and the whole world will suffer...and justifiably so. God does not bless the unrepentant. This is all part of (as foretold in the Holy Bible) the end times and...we are almost undeniably in them.

15 posted on 01/04/2014 2:10:49 PM PST by jacknhoo (Luke 12:51. Think ye, that I am come to give peace on earth? I tell you, no; but separation.)
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To: cloudmountain
The poor you will always have with you, but you will not always have me.

Deuteronomy 15:4 However, there should be no poor among you, for in the land the Lord your God is giving you to possess as your inheritance, he will richly bless you, 5 if only you fully obey the Lord your God and are careful to follow all these commands I am giving you today.

The reason we will always have the poor among us is that we won't keep His Law. We are sinners, to repent, take up the task in faith, to be sealed from G_d's punishment and be forgiven.

16 posted on 01/04/2014 2:11:47 PM PST by Carry_Okie (0-Care IS Medicaid; they'll pull a sheet over your head and take everything you own to pay for it.)
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To: cloudmountain
Of course he did. What do you mean with

<<<< What makes us great, I think, is that we keeping TRYING to eliminate them >>>>

?

17 posted on 01/04/2014 2:14:38 PM PST by Kaslin (He needed the ignorant to reelect him, and he got them. Now we all have to pay the consequenses)
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To: Kaslin
not to mention poverty in the United States

Recalculate your data counting federal & state goodies. Dang little after-government < $1/day poverty in the US!

18 posted on 01/04/2014 2:54:08 PM PST by JohnBovenmyer (Obama been Liberal. Hope Change!)
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To: Carry_Okie
Deuteronomy 15:4 However, there should be no poor among you, for in the land the Lord your God is giving you to possess as your inheritance, he will richly bless you, 5 if only you fully obey the Lord your God and are careful to follow all these commands I am giving you today.

Note the word SHOULD, which, in my book is conditional, nothing more or less. SHOULD--not "MUST."

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The reason we will always have the poor among us is that we won't keep His Law. We are sinners, to repent, take up the task in faith, to be sealed from G_d's punishment and be forgiven.

Silly old me I thought that poverty came from such things as:

War
Famine
Disease
Declining union influence
Economic structures
Lack of education
Fathers leaving the family
Divorce
Teenage pregnancy Domestic abuse
Employment abuse
Immigrant status
Minority status
Prejudice
Physical and mental disability
Loss of job
Low wage rates,
High medical bills
Fraud
Oppression
Theft
Disasters
Fires
Flood
Poverty Imperative
Lack of or inability to afford adequate health insurance
Industrial change
Apathy
Greed
Overpopulation
Inequality
Dictatorships
Racism
Globalization
Social Factors
High taxation
Polygamy
High growth rate of population
Lack of job opportunities in secondary sector
Income inequalities
Lack of land resources
Lack of industrialization
Over dependence on agriculture
Inflationary pressure
Unemployment

But, what do I know?

19 posted on 01/04/2014 3:08:21 PM PST by cloudmountain
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To: Kaslin

What makes us great is that we KNOW we can’t eliminate poverty but we STILL keep trying to do so. That is what I meant.


20 posted on 01/04/2014 3:09:45 PM PST by cloudmountain
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To: cloudmountain

Thanks for your clarification. I appreciate it


21 posted on 01/04/2014 3:42:36 PM PST by Kaslin (He needed the ignorant to reelect him, and he got them. Now we all have to pay the consequenses)
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To: Kaslin
Correction: The Global Reduction in Poverty BY CAPITALISM...
22 posted on 01/04/2014 3:42:46 PM PST by hosepipe (This propaganda has been edited to include some fully orbed hyperbole..)
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To: cloudmountain
Me: "The reason we will always have the poor among us is that we won't keep His Law."

You: List.

My suggestion is that you spend a bit of time with Leviticus 26. Every single one of those blessings and curses is explainable by normal military, environmental, and economic metrics once one understands the Mosaic Law literally. Yes, even including the weather (although the explanation was sufficiently protracted that I had to write a book on the topic).

Yes, silly you.

23 posted on 01/04/2014 4:06:41 PM PST by Carry_Okie (0-Care IS Medicaid; they'll pull a sheet over your head and take everything you own to pay for it.)
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To: Carry_Okie
My suggestion is that you spend a bit of time with Leviticus 26. Every single one of those blessings and curses is explainable byc once one understands the Mosaic Law literally. Yes, even including the weather (although the explanation was sufficiently protracted that I had to write a book on the topic).

Jesus, another Jew, said: Love God and love each other. THAT took care of all explainable blessings and curses. He quoted His Old Testament quite frequently. You remember: THE GOLDEN RULE.

Believe it or not, I didn't have to read Leviticus 26 to learn that.
A--maaazing, innit? Just the "rewards of obedience."
No "haughty confidence" from ME.

24 posted on 01/04/2014 5:06:26 PM PST by cloudmountain
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To: yarddog
I think the discovery of antibiotics is the most important.

It has been, and may continue to be, but at this stage, GMO foods have to be moved to, or near the top of the list.

GMO foods have made it possible for those who are alive and well to stay that way by having affordable foods. Before GMO, many simply died of starvation.

25 posted on 01/04/2014 5:24:28 PM PST by Balding_Eagle (Damn ObamaCare, full speed ahead!)
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To: DannyTN

i think we need to stop printing our fake money.


26 posted on 01/04/2014 5:36:53 PM PST by kvanbrunt2 (i don't believe any court in this country is operating lawfully anyway)
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To: cloudmountain
THAT took care of all explainable blessings and curses.

A purely mystical exegesis. The Mosaic Law was of considerable practical value, but has been misunderstood because of its origins in a pastoral nomadic culture. You may be saved by your love for Him, but you will be judged by your works. He said so.

No "haughty confidence" from ME.

From what I can see, there is a ton of it.

27 posted on 01/04/2014 5:48:20 PM PST by Carry_Okie (0-Care IS Medicaid; they'll pull a sheet over your head and take everything you own to pay for it.)
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To: yarddog

RE: “9 out of 10 people died from infectious disease.”

It’s also important to remember that many of the deaths caused by infection were directly related to malnutrition, unsafe water, hypothermia, and accidental or violent injuries.

Even without antibiotics, the world would be much healthier today because of abundant food and clean water, better and more available shelter, and safer work places, transportation, and homes.


28 posted on 01/04/2014 11:16:13 PM PST by zeestephen
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To: Kaslin

That’s amazing. Not only is our “recession” over, but we have just about eliminated poverty in the world. Of course it won’t really be eliminated until only the rulers have wealth and the subjects are all on the same dirt-floor playing field.


29 posted on 01/05/2014 4:42:37 AM PST by trebb (Where in the the hell has my country gone?)
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