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Friday, August 13, 2021

Here is the GeekSpeak subject for Saturday 14th August at noon SLT: Will there ever be an end to poverty?

 Are the poor always with us?  Will there ever be a time when every human has plenty to eat, clean water to drink, a home to live in and good, reliable health care?

Let’s talk about what causes poverty.  Historically, natural disasters, such as bad harvests and plagues, caused poverty.  Or made poverty worse, because death by starvation was common in the past.  And it continues today, in countries such as North Korea.

In rich countries, poverty and homelessness are caused by drugs, by debt (including credit card debt) and by greedy corporations.  Will our efforts to combat climate change mean that poverty increases?

Are we setting too high a target if we want to get rid of poverty?  Come and discuss the problem if you have ever worried about money, and that means everyone.

IM Vulcan Viper, who teaches a meditation class every Wednesday at 1pm SLT in the GeekSpeak auditorium, if you have ideas for new subjects.


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