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Political Science 101 Paper Poverty in the United States has long been a social, political, and human rights issue. Few people would say that it is not our moral duty, as social human beings to take
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care of those less fortunate than ourselves, to the best of our ability. I say “few” because there are some people out there who believe that we have no moral obligation to do anything outside of ourselves. These types of people have what is called a “libertarian” viewpoint. There is really no specific definition of “libertarian”, but it is associates justice with liberty and liberty itself with the absence of interference by other persons. In several different instances in today’s politics, it can be argued that liberalism does or does not compete with inegalitarian standards. However, in the case of socio-economic status and education, it is clear that inegalitarian ideals are clear and known, yet, there are strong liberals who believe that socio-economic status (SES), and education is as equal as it ever could be. The socio-economic inequality in America is not recognized. The subject is either trivialized or dismissed as untrue. Though the economic injustices of other nations can be easily recognized, their own situation, which is comparable or worse, is free of criticism. Rogers M. Smith wrote in Beyond Tocqueville, Myrdal, and Hartz: The Multiple Traditions in America , the ideals of Enlightenment “became to be the tenets of the American creed and represented to Americans the essential meaning of their struggle for independence.” The reality is that this struggle stems from the growing the economic gap between social classes. Relating to poverty, libertarians feel that no matter how the actual distribution of economic holdings may look, if all involved are entitled to the holdings they possess, then the distribution is just. In addition, libertarians would be against government intervention in a society to either improve the social situation or economic situation. They feel that to tweak the economy, so to speak, would involve violating someone’s liberty, and therefore would make it morally unacceptable. By definition, libertarianism requires
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that market relations are totally unrestricted. For example, a libertarian would be against government regulation of wages, since the matter of earnings should be decided between an employer and employee. Likewise, a libertarian would be against providing the poor with welfare, food stamps, and subsidized housing, because such programs are in direct contrast with their beliefs about liberty. Issues such as wage cuts, health insurance coverage, and riots over pay are all evidence of the unfair advantages that play into socioeconomic status. In today’s society, social hierarchy determines the pay one receives, or the kind of position they will have in the community. A family's socioeconomic status is based on family income, parental education level, parental occupation, and social status in the community (such as contacts
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