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The poor are certainly poor compared to the rich. But they have more than the middle class of just one generation ago.
If Scandinavian countries are socialist, then so is the United States.
PovertyWar and Foreign Policy
From gun control, to war, and to the New Deal: Charles Krauthammer took the pro-government, interventionist line.
The UN relies on a "relative poverty" rate that tells us very little about actual poverty — and also just happens to make the US look bad.
The tremendous advances, which have made it possible for women to achieve recognition as persons are undoubtedly due in large part to capitalistic contributions.
Global EconomyPovertyTaxes and Spending
The bureaucrats at the IMF and other international bureaucracies actually want people to believe that bigger government means more prosperity.
In spite of rising debt and worries about long term trends in affordability, new American houses and apartments are larger than they've ever been before.
Bureaucracy and RegulationPoverty
Throughout US history, government agents have often discarded "pure" property rights in favor of "development."