Economic and Moral Poverty Essay

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In “What is Poverty?” Theodore Dalrymple argues that poverty has been redefined. In traditional poverty, poor people’s income levels are low, they are starving, or the medical care is not enough. However, this kind of poverty does not exist in industrial countries like England because of the welfare state. The welfare state redistributes wealth, provides free medical care and free houses for the poor. According to the author, this causes moral poverty. Dalrymple claims that the poverty in England is not economic, but it is cultural, spiritual, moral, and he also argues that this English “poverty of soul” is actually worse than Third World poverty. In “The City by the Sea” Shiva Naipaul’s examples have relationship with the first article; Naipaul illustrates poor people’s economic situation and morality in India with examples. I agree that the poverty in England is not economic, but spiritual, moral and cultural because the poor in England do not have good family relations and do not respect other people or the environment. However, I disagree that this English poverty is worse than the Third World poverty because the poor in England have a chance to live well, but in India the poor have no chance to live well, and there are many people in Third World countries who are also spiritually poor like England, so that means this English poverty is not the worst. First, the poverty in England is not economic, but moral and cultural because the English poor do not have good family relations and strong family ties. One of the important elements to be moral is to have good family relations. If a person has strong family ties, he or she will take care of much more things about life because this person will build his or her life on family members, their benefits and their goodness, so that will lead to a person to

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