It seems obvious to me that for someone not to live in the poor is such a basic human right. Surely Jesus does not want us to intentionally make someone poor. Yet we have the USA, supposedly the champion of human rights, have done practically nothing about poverty in the hundreds of years of capitalism. It is not even stated as an explicit goal of government policy to eliminate poverty, let alone actually trying to do it. It seems that the solution by the West for dealing with a human right that is in the too hard basket, is to simply not label it as a human right.
Yet this right to not living in poverty gets much less attention than some other less important rights such as right to vote.
Would you rather live in poverty and have the right to vote? Or live comfortably middle class and not have the right to vote? I’ll choose the latter.
As Joseph Stiglitz pointed out, the assumption that people living in poverty can work harder to get themselves out is simply untrue.
When we have a country that can actually achieve the goal of eliminating poverty, that would be the country that has truly implemented one of the Important Catholic social teaching of looking after the weak.