Category Archives: Poverty

How a Welfare Mentality Crushed the War on Poverty

In an earlier post I argued that America’s “War on Poverty” has been a dismal failure. Poverty has won the war! As I suggested, lack of money is not the root of the problem. Thus more money (and more government … Continue reading

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The War on Poverty, Part 1: Poverty Won

The US War on Poverty turned 50 this year. What have we learned? As a young man in college, I was confronted with poverty during a six-week stay at an orphanage in Mexico City. This experience set the course of … Continue reading

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Haiti and Israel: A Study in Contrasts

One cannot consider Haiti without asking a perennial question. Why do some nations flourish while others seemed forever trapped in poverty? Observers have suggested many causes, including colonialism, lack of resources, or corruption. But each of these capture only an … Continue reading

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Poverty: The Fruit of Neglected Wisdom

In the beginning there was no poverty. In the creation account, God told the man and the woman, “Behold, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is on the face of all the earth, and every tree with … Continue reading

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Ideas, Not Money, Transform Communities

Most people see money as the solution to poverty. But money almost always complicates things. Money does not lead to a community’s development. Here’s a story from Latin America that shows how ideas, rather than money, transform communities. My wife, … Continue reading

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What Does Pope Francis Mean by “Capitalism”?

Recently we published a post about Pope Francis’ comments last November regarding capitalism in his missive, “Evangelii Gaudium.” Here’s a further observation about his message. Michael Novak, a Roman Catholic economic philosopher, reflects on Francis’ paper in his article “Agreeing … Continue reading

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The Sinister Link Between Poverty and Violence

Violence and poverty go hand in hand. That shouldn’t surprise anyone, but until recently I had not appreciated just how closely these two evils are related. God broke my heart for the plight of the poor when I was in … Continue reading

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The METAPHYSICAL CAPITAL of a Judeo-Christian Worldview

Worldview has a powerful impact on a society, as we often say here at Darrow Miller and Friends. And as I was reminded by some recent correspondence. Occasionally someone will ask me to review a book they have written. Recently, … Continue reading

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The Rock Star Who Preached Capitalism: Bono Changes His Tune

Bono, the rock star who rose to prominence almost 30 years ago, is singing a new song. A famine in the Horn of Africa killed 400,000 in Ethiopia in 1983-84. In response, two musician activists–Bob Geldof and Midge Ure–organized what … Continue reading

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Shalom: Watch God at Work in History

When God shows up in human history today, what happens? What does that look like? The gospel spreading? Prayer movements launching? Churches growing? Disciples maturing? Yes, of course. And hungry people being fed. Desperate poverty decreasing. Diseases diminishing. Families living … Continue reading

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