Is poverty caused by a lack of opportunity?
The causes of poverty are hotly debated in our society.
Liberals would tend to argue that poverty is largely caused by a lack of opportunity. They would say that poor people have lower-quality schools and therefore lower life chances. They would say that a lack of good jobs for those with poor schooling is also a cause of poverty.
Conservatives would look more at the culture of the poor. They would argue that things like lack of individual responsibility and bad behaviors like having children out of wedlock are to blame for poverty. These explanations do not focus on lack of opportunity.
We cannot know which of these views is correct, so there is no way to say objectively if poverty is caused solely by a lack of opportunity or if that is just one factor that can contribute to it.
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