Howto Eliminate the Gap between the Rich and the Poor
Howto Eliminate the Gap between the Rich and The Poor
Theeconomic gap between the most privileged and the underprivileged inthe modern society is a topic to reckon with. This is huge a topicthat can no longer be overlooked in many nations. It can only becompared to a cancer that is eating away many nations’ economyslowly by slowly. Even in the so called developed nations such as theUnited States of America, the gap between the rich and the poor keepson gnawing the country’s economic stability and growth. In economicworld, this gap keeps on widening as the populace continues to grow.Is dishing out aids to the poor helping in any way? Or is it justmaking them more poor and vulnerable? As Garrett Hardin states in the“Psychology Today” article"Give a man a fish and he willeat for a day teach him how to fish and he will eat for the rest ofhis days” (Hardin, 1974). Inequality, discrimination against women,racism, capitalism, globalization, Poor government and politicalpolicies in various nations are some of the issues that have majorlybeen deemed to have contributed to this predicament. But is thisreally the case? Unless something is done, and done really fast, thepoor will continue to be poorer as the rich keeps being richer. Manytheories have revolved around this topic and I think it is about timenations we took the bull by its horns and find a lasting solution tothis economic problem. The bottom line is, good quality education,respect of all human rights, gender equality, population control andgood governance are the key solutions out of this menace, or so Ithink.
Thegap between the poor and the rich continues to widen even in the mostadvanced nations. Many reasons attribute to this. There is asimilarity between Garrett’s article and the article of KarenOlsson, the key solution to eliminate the gap between the rich andthe poor is good governance. As Karen Olsson writes in her articleof, “Up Against Wal-Mart” that, poor governance and lack ofproper policies in Wal-Mart has led to many people being overworkedand underpaid at the same time. The government is doing nothing aboutthis issue thus leading to malpractices in the company. There is nogender equality in the firm since men are the ones who seem to behaving managerial posts and women are not. Since Wal–Mart Employeesare forced to work long hours with poor pay, the gap between the poorand the rich in this firm continues to grow. Lack of propergovernance in Wal–Mart has made the employees be afraid of fightingfor their rights. Unions are not supposed to be formed in this firm.In this sense, the company continues to enrich itself at the expenseof its staff. More so, the pay that these staffs get is not evenenough to cater for their needs. Similarly, the “Inequality and theAmerican Dream” articles points to this. The article states thatjust one in every for Americans think that the economy is in goodshape. According to this article, most companies continue to enrichthemselves while their employees are given just but a peanut fortheir wages (Morris, 2006). The employees of these firms are the onestaking risks to ensure that the economy blossoms. On the other hand,poor policies in these firms continue to make the employees poor.Politicians may brag and say that the economy is good, but only theemployees of these companies know exactly where the shoe pinchesthem.
Thereare quite a number of immigrants entering the developed countries insearch of greener pastures. But the truth of the matter is, even thepoor in these so called developed nations are suffering. ‘TheUnited States” article narrates that despite the fact that theUnited States is deemed to be a haven of opportunity, the realityseems to be different (Morris, 2006). The article states that therich Americans have fraudulently rewarded themselves in quite anumber of ways. It says, “There are some unfair ways in which richAmericans have rewarded themselves, from backdated share options toreserved places at universities for the offspring of alumni…”(Morris,2006). This is a good indication that poor governance is one of thekey reasons of the growing gap between the rich and the poor. Thereare quite a number of similarities between this article and that ofGarret Hardin. Morris says inequality is not absolutely wrong as longas the whole society is being improved economically each and everyperson has an equal opportunity to benefit through that system,irrespective of their gender, race and social status (Morris, 2006).Further, Harriet Taylor Mill says in her article that civil andpolitical rights do not acknowledge gender. She insists that the termmale has to be removed from all state constitution (Frazzetto &Frischknecht, 2003). Discrimination against women and even inequalityand racism all point to poor governmental systems. These factors havedemeaned women thus denying them their rightful positions in the aidof economic growth. Most governments in the whole world do not haveboth the competence and the wisdom to think about the future of thecitizens. This incompetence and foolishness is costing many nationsgreatly.
Dueto lack of proper governance, firms are overworking their staff withlow wage. Most employees don’t get paid for overtime. If theemployees complain, their more often threatened to be sacked. KarenOlsson says that Wal–Mart have very few employees who are forced towork extra hours with very low wage (Arie, 2005). This has led topoor social services for these employees. Even though employees arededucted for services such as health, they do not benefit from thisat all. Most of them cannot afford medical insurance (Andersen,2001).
Educationcannot be snubbed in this issue. Careers are changing in a rapidmanner and the education policies need to match up to this need.Education is the only wealth that cannot be taken away from anyperson. In this matter, I speak of quality education. Sharp mindedcitizens are needed to catch up with the ever overhauling economy.Education will help reduce, if not to eliminate, the gap between therich and the poor. I am much aware that distribution of resources islimited to more privileged in the society, but as Garret says in herarticle, population can only be controlled if the people are educatedenough to know that the bigger the population, the poorer the economy(Arie, 2005). We can only be able to tackle issues pertainingeconomic disparities if every person is knowledgeable enough todifferentiate right from wrong (Andersen, 2001). If we areknowledgeable, we are bound to know our rights and ways to fight forthem. The Wal–Mart firm does not allow its employees to form unionsmost probably because they are not so educated.
AsGarret states, “We are all the descendants of thieves, and theworld`s resources are inequitably distributed. But we must begin thejourney to tomorrow from the point where we are today. We cannotremake the past…” The past does not depend on us we have nothingto do with it. But the future lies squarely on our shoulders. Thejourney to tomorrow can only commence if all of us realize that goodgovernance and proper education are the main solutions to attaineconomic equality. The sooner we realize this, the better for all ofus. To minimize the gap between the rich and the poor, the poorshould realize that the way forward is to be shown how to fish andnot be given fish. As harsh as it may sound, the key point here isthe poor people should be shown how to fend for themselves and not begiven handouts! Politicians and other stakeholders have to endorsepolicies that are worthwhile for every citizen, regardless of socialstatus. If we all adopt these guidelines, am sure that the world willbe a better place for each and every one of us.
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Arie,S. (2005). UK pushes EU to tackle health gap between rich and poor.BMJ,923-923.
Frazzetto,G., & Frischknecht, F. (2003). Local solutions for globalproblems. EMBOReports,553-555.
Hardin,G. (1974). Lifeboat Ethics: the Case Against Helping The Poor.PsychologyToday. 15-24.
Morris,J. (2006). Inequality and the American Dream. The United States, 1-4.