Poverty and Violence

Are we trying to solve poverty (through short-term relief and long-term development) when we really should be looking at violence, a core determinant of poverty and hardship?

Gary Haugen, president of the International Justice Mission, explains:

 

I like the idea that he points out, that there is a difference between having laws and enforcing laws. “Most poor people live outside of the protection of law.”

Decades of anti-poverty efforts don’t address the justice issue of slavery and everyday violence. (For more on this, check out what Dr. Jay Richards says is the first thing you need to solve poverty.)

Haugen speaks about global poverty and global violence. But I wonder how much of this can be applied to poverty within our own country?

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