234: Global poverty has fallen, but what should we conclude from that? (Dylan Matthews)

May 27, 2019

The global poverty rate has fallen significantly over the last few decades. But there’s a heated debate between people like psychologist Steven Pinker and anthropologist Jason Hickel, over how to view that fact. Is it a triumph for capitalism? Should we celebrate it, or lament the fact that rich countries aren’t doing more to close the poverty gap faster? Vox journalist Dylan Matthews explains the disagreement. He and Julia discuss the strengths and weaknesses of each side’s argument.


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