A political economy which involves many children going hungry is fundamentally broken. Debating whether the government should feed them misses the underlying issue. Building a fairer and more solidaristic economy is the issue, not endless redistributive sticking plasters.
The belief that politics is simply about using the state to redistribute via tax & spend is the Left's unhealthy default. We need a new corporatism to rebalance interests & promote the bargaining power of labour, plus a renewed emphasis on vocation & industrial strategy
The best way to reduce poverty is not direct redistribution by the state. Instead: high quality, meaningful, decently paid jobs; strong unions; and strong, stable families. The state has a role, sure, but not by just allowing the market to rip then redistributing the proceeds
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