Poverty in Third World Countries is due to Prosperity in First World Countries

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Fred said:   5 years ago
The question is not 'how is poverty caused, ' but rather 'what causes prosperity?' Centuries ago, practically everyone was poor i.e. living on less than $2 a day (excluding, of course, kings and nobility). Then the Industrial Revolution in Britain occurred, man's output was drastically increased and the creation of wealth began in earnest. America's founding on 4th July 1776 created a nation based on Judeo-Christian values which included the free market, land rights and freedom. And from there it became the most influential power of today.

The developing of a country from the third world to the first includes a free market. To make a country rich, you have to increase its GDP, that is, its goods and services. Machines allow people to double, triple, quintuple their output, thus making them rich (e. G. One man in a combine can make enough food by himself to feed a city, compared with a thousand man working by hand). To stimulate an economy you have to create an environment in where goods and services may be produced - the free market. America's free market is what made it rich. Communist control makes a country poor because it destroys an individual's incentive to work. Whereas in America, the harder you work, the more money you get, in the Russia of yesteryear, all your work went to the 'common good' no matter how hard you worked you got the same. That's where an economy stagnates. The trick to prosperity is a free market, and land ownership - where the harder you work the more money you get and that this is recognized by the state.

There are some caveats however. When carbon caps/taxes are (self) imposed on a country (in an attempt to 'modernize' e. G. Kenya) that prevents economic growth by taxing what the country needs most - cheap free energy. Another instance in where the above statement holds true is when the first world meddles in third world affairs. This was seen in colonialism/imperialism in the past, in the middle east today (where the US gets involved in a complicated situation, engages in war and creates an extremely unstable socio-political economic environment) , and in South-East Asia and Korea during the Cold War. Warfare in a country is not conducive to prosperity. Finally, hand-outs from the first world directly to developing countries governments creates political insecurity and thus economic stagnation (i.e Africa). Unstructured handouts to poor countries are easily embezzled and lost in bureaucracy. They also destroy an incentive to work, and rather create an incentive to seize power.

That's a few thoughts on the issue.

Neha said:   1 decade ago
India belongs to third world. Around many years ago it used to be called as "Bird Of Gold". But then around 16th century, it started becoming victim of western countries which were poorer or average by that time. First they started making business and then they started interfering in the politics also which ultimately made India their slave for 200 years. In this time period they exploited India in every aspect mostly in materialism. When they left India, there was nothing to eat also for even a average person. So till certain extent we can blame them.

But it doesnt mean that they are the only culprits as we know that they have made lots of good differences to Indian society. After Independence we got 65 years to develop ourselves. But what did we do in these years. Did we make any remarkable change?Some people will say yes as now India is technically, financialy and economically growing. It does have increased its rate in education also. But then why still in third world!Answer is lack of good leadership, lack of responsible people, carelessness, Lack of awareness etc. People in India just think at the personal level not at the national level. Everybody is busy in making crores of money. E. G. They just want to clean their surroundings and throwing dirt at other people surroundings. Take the example of singapore. It is the world's smallest and very well developed country. It is surrounded by water from all sides. But still it cleared all the geographical barriers. Take the example of Japan. After Hiroshima and Nagasaki event, it was told by experts that leave human species, it is not possible even for an insect to survive over there. But today as we can see it is technologically and economically advanced country. Forget about 60-70 years, recently almost 1 year ago japan suffered from tsunami and nuclear reactor event. Still it didn't stop and instead of asking for help to other countries, it recovered itself.

There are lots of nations which has the stories of other nations which set an inspiration to us. Did we make any inspiration to other?

So it just depends on the mentality of people of that nation. How are they going to face challenge set in front of them?

Shaoli kundu said:   7 years ago
The one with the bike issue. Giving money to the police. It's like the cross elasticity demand graph (no connection) to the topic. It is true that India or any other third world country for that matter is underdeveloped because of the first world, mainly our big brother USA. According to the third world theory, the colonialists have always tried to take our resources and never let us develop. They same happens even today but it's latent. Almost all of the international organisations are dominated by USA, so its obvious whatever decisions are made are backed by the interests of that one country. Even if we are the member we actually have no say. Given the World trade center, most of the trade terms benefit America. USA forbids us to give subsidies to farmers but they are the ones giving the maximum of subsidies to their own farmers. As a result, they are able to dump goods in our country and we import them at higher prices. This definitely does not benefit us. Moreover, it's our fault. As long as we have domestic problems the more these countries will feed on those problems. Reservation policy has become so strict all the deserved find it better to go and work for a different country. Globalisation age has brought in greater connectivity. So we can even stay at our place and work for a US company. This may seem a high development trend but we are actually working for a foreign country and contributing to their development. Even if we get jobs and get a bit of the taste of growth but this is the fact.

Neeti Mishra said:   9 years ago
I am rather diplomatic and would speak both for and against the topic.

For the topic.

In terms of economy, a country like India purely rely on the huge sum of money poured by the developed countries for the upliftment of their emerging markets known as quantitative easing(QE). The continuous threats regarding the tapering of QE triggers a sense of fear and makes Indian economy volatile and unstable.

Secondly, the high standard of living, lucrative pay scale and other perks leads to brain drain.

Thirdly, the museums over there are still embellished with Indian assets, artifacts and gemstones all which were once the pride or our kings. This reminds us, time and again, the plight of Indians during British raj, which still has traces on Indian economy and living style.

Against the motion.

Exports and imports of goods, exchange of ideas, advancements in technology, globalization liberalization had in a way a big hand in improving the plight of Indians. When Indian students go to foreign countries and bring about a revolution here by serving India it helps even overcome the limitations of education system here. At the time of any calamity. The whole world comes up and stands in the support to provide any kind of help in terms of money, food grains or boosting the morale. Had India been a closed economy, it would had failed to improve.

Shreyasee said:   1 decade ago
To me, I believe that prosperity in first world countries is leading to poverty in third world countries.

We, the Indians and the other 3rd world countries have often been exploited by the 1st world countries. Moreover, there are reasons also to support the fact. We don't have that infrastructure or resources that the 1st world are providing to the talented people, which is in turn resulting into brain-drain. Indians are moving abroad, because they are getting proper work space, better environment, which the 3rd world is not being able to provide.

But, this prosperity factor of the 1st world is not the only reason behind the poverty in 3rd world countries, its our responsibility towards the Nation to take it higher and higher. The need of the hour is proper Leadership, proper Awareness. People, if they start thinking of the Nation first rather than himself/herself, it would not only benefit the Country but also us. Self-centered attitude must be changed.

Cant we give our Country our efforts when it needs it? It has given us Everything we needed!

The need of the hour is to come up with solutions, I am optimistic that the 3rd world countries will overcome this poverty and emerge victorious one day.

Bbf said:   1 decade ago
To be candid and fair to a certain degree, it can be argued that poverty and misery so prevalent in the third world especially in Africa has contributed in part to the prosperity of the developed world especially the western world-dont forget the Pareto philosophy-for someone to be up, the other person must be down. Colonialism and the slave trade should not be soft-pedaled. They greatly hampered and are still haunting the full development of the African economies.

Lets not forget unfair trade practices and protectionism by western governments to their local farmers and tools of neo-colonialism like the world bank and IMF used to indirectly control african governments. However african leaders have also failed their own people woefully. Instead of building strong institutions and a vibrant private sector that creates wealth for the country, they concentrate their efforts on holding on to power at all costs.

That is why corruption; mismanagement of state funds, nepotism; and embezzlement all bedevil most african countries. The way forward is changing our mentality, building strong institutions and investing in education especially scientific research and technology.

Darren said:   8 years ago
I do think that it is 1st world countries faults that 3rd world countries are in poverty because even though you might say that they aren't the only reason 3rd world countries are underdeveloped is not because they had a late start in development, its because no other countries are helping them develop on a big scale. Think about it, the USA would not be so developed if only the English did it by themselves, no, the USA is so developed because people from other countries came to the USA and started to live and work there, which increases development.

But do you see any Americans or Chinese or Japanese going over to Africa or India on a large scale and living there? No you don't, and that is why there is so little development, because people with experience and those who could help the country in a whole do not move to those countries, and if they do, its not enough.

The problem is not that the locals to the country are under educated, its true that they are, but that is not how to fix the problem, as I said we need to have a large scale of people with experience move there and start helping with food, engineering, water, money, clean air, and of course development.

Pradeep said:   1 decade ago
Hello friends.

I am satisfied with this that Poverty in third world countries is due to Prosperity in First World Countries It has so many Examples and reasons also. In the case of India and Pakistan we can see that, those resources that should be spent for removal poverty were spent for Atomic weapons. One another example of Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iraq, we can see they are facing poverty as a gift from America. On other hand If we talk about reasons we can see talents of 3rd world also moves to 1st word by that best resources of these countries can not be used in these countries. It is also reality that developed countries also provide funds to developing countries for poverty removal but this too less. But at last I am optimistic that third world countries will fight against poverty and develop their ideas with this reality that developed countries don't want their development and for this they should enhance their education, decrease their defense budget and have prosperous relations with their neighbors. So it depends totally upon the third world countries.

Thank you.

Monojit Chatterjee said:   9 years ago
Poverty comes because of less revenue from country point of view and no income source from individuals point of view. If 3rd world country people can produce good product for all the aspect to fulfill our basic requirement then much revenue will come and that money will not go outside their country.

For example middle class people usually use DELLs laptop, Samsung smartphone or philips TV and many more. So those foreign companies are taking revenue by selling all those products.

This is one aspect. In another aspect our politician are looting large amount of money From govt fund and keeping it to foreign bank for privacy. So in that case foreign govt is becoming reacher. Like that so many aspect is there which makes 3rd world Country poorer.

So instead of blaming others first make sure you are buying Indian products, giving income tax to the govt (if employee) because if individuals think about the country then only one day impossible may be possible.

Pultu said:   1 decade ago
The disparity between the 1st world and the 3rd world countries are mainly because of the difference in Governance. The population density in third world is taken as a curse instead of mobilising the huge potential of this rare resource which are dreams in developed nations. Instead of providing infrastructure at the home, the Governments of 3rdworld beg or purchase comforts from richer ones making them further rich at the cost of the scarce resources they have. After all the 1st world have treaded to the height after much strugle. The people at the helm of affairs in the under developed states must pririties for their requirements of their nation and recognise the strength available in their self to advance inch by inch so that they really progress. All adversities, in whatever form has its own merits too. It is left to us whether to sit complacent carrying heartborn or to act first to win the race. In summing up let us not agree to the statement.

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