Poverty is a social problem affecting millions of individuals in the United States alone. The so-called war on poverty has produced no real and lasting national success due in large part to the unwillingness of the wealthy to cede power. By examining the individual and structural causes of poverty, and the political, religious, and ethical perspectives of society’s obligation to the poor, this study aims to suggest an innovative course of action to deal with this social problem. This proposed prescription will have a focused emphasis on individual responsibility implemented in pockets of localized communities that when duplicated across regions will demonstrate significant national success.
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