poverty

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poverty

a situation where a person's income is too low to enable him or her to buy the amount of food, clothing and shelter that are deemed necessary to meet his or her basic needs, that is, some ‘subsistence’ standard of living. Countries have different definitions of what minimum income constitutes poverty and often measure poverty levels as a proportion of average income. High proportions of the populations of DEVELOPING COUNTRIES experience poverty. Governments attempt to combat poverty by encouraging faster ECONOMIC GROWTH and by the redistribution of income. See REDISTRIBUTION-OFINCOME PRINCIPLE OF TAXATION, ABILITY-TO-PAY PRINCIPLE OF TAXATION, PROGRESSIVE TAXATION, SOCIAL SECURITY BENEFITS.
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It would seem to be evidence of a poverty of thought when one of our bishops resorts to name-calling and false labeling in an attempt to silence members of his flock (NCR, Dec.
While freedom of speech and journalistic freedom allow editors to articulate knowledge on any subject, views rooted in ignorance, conscious distortions, misinformation and poverty of thought ridicules the integrity of the editorial collective.
It is a policy which arises from poverty of thought and more seriously the poverty resulting from the lack of love.

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