Poverty is a prison

March 20, 2014, 5:22 pm

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The debate "Poverty is a prison" was started by The_writer on March 20, 2014, 5:22 pm. 44 people are on the agree side of this discussion, while 16 people are on the disagree side. That might be enough to see the common perception. It looks like most of the people in this community are on the agreeing side of this statement.

echofrommadiun posted 1 argument, Sosocratese posted 2 arguments to the agreers part.
Michelle_M posted 1 argument, SonicTurtle posted 1 argument, Scottie posted 1 argument to the disagreers part.

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Michelle_M, SonicTurtle, Scottie, DebaterKing, Hollister_boy, Gordonchm and 10 visitors disagree.

You are ignoring the overwhelming scientific data that says otherwise. Like I said, I'm sure you can find anecdotal evidence of people who have been poor and came out rich, I can do the same. However, these examples are not representative of the population as a whole. The barriers to escape are numerous and at times too difficult to overcome. Of course some will get a lucky break, but that is not the norm and should not be assumed to be.

5 years, 4 months ago

If they wanted to get out of it, there is always a way.

5 years, 4 months ago

A prison in a metaphorical sense is an inability to escape ones situation. Poverty deprives a person of socioeconomic mobility by denying them the ability to improve upon their situation. People who are impoverished are unable to improve their situation as they don't have the freedom to increase their marketable skills. When you work 2 minimum wage jobs, don't get paid sick leave, don't have health insurance, etc... Any external force acting upon you is amplified. I.e. Becoming sick not only means you loose wages that you desperately need, but also increases your financial burden by having to pay off medical debt.

The reason why poverty is a prison is because you are unable to act upon the world in manner that allows you to change your situation, rather you are a constant victim to outside forces. This loss of control over ones own life is the prison. This is of course not to say that there is anecdotal evidence of individuals overcoming poverty, however, research shows that this is not the norm in today's market.

5 years, 4 months ago

I disagree.

A prison is designed to deprive a person their intention to act on excessive freedom. To restore a balance in society. To repress the will of offenders. It is to keep people in.

Poverty is a state of need. We want to take people out.

To say that poverty is a prison, and a person in poverty a prisoner, is by definition, wrong.

5 years, 4 months ago

The people who are considered the poor should try harder to be rich unless they want to live just like in a prison where they can’t do everything they want. Poverty is usually effected by the scarcity of natural resources in a country or the lack of human resources who can develop it.

5 years, 4 months ago

Poverty is a challenge, not a prison. While some may feel slighted and imprisoned by their circumstances, some choose to make the best and be happy with what they have rather than wishing for what they don't. People at the income poverty level qualify for food stamps and free health care, which are riches in the eyes of those that barely make it yet cannot receive them. Wealth can be a form of prison in and of itself. Money can't buy happiness. Celebrities are often surrounded by loyal employees but have few if any true friends. They may not worry about hunger but they are under constant scrutiny and don't know who to depend on. I would rather be rich in family and friends than possessions which can disappear in an instant. This brings to mind the saying, "Be careful what you wish for".

6 years, 2 months ago
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