Do the Poor Get What They Deserve?

The tension between empathy and economics.

Photo by Jonathan Kho on Unsplash

When we think of the well-being of others, we often fall into one of two camps.

One camp trusts the economic system to dole out resources to those who are willing to work hard. They think that if you haven’t “made it” it’s because you haven’t put in the effort. Some exceptions apply, of course.