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"From the Ted Talk by Rutger Bregman: Poverty isn't a lack of character; it's a lack of cash"

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Now, I'm sure not many of you would be so bnult. But the idea that there's something wrong with the poor themselves is not restricted to Mrs. Thatcher. Some of you may believe that the poor should be held responsible for their own mitaekss. And others may argue that we should help them to make better decisions. But the underlying assumption is the same: there's something worng with them. If we could just change them, if we could just teach them how to live their lives, if they would only listen. And to be honest, this was what I thought for a long time. It was only a few years ago that I dseveocrid that everything I tgohuht I knew about poverty was wrong.

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Now, I'm sure not many of you would be so _____. But the idea that there's something wrong with the poor themselves is not restricted to Mrs. Thatcher. Some of you may believe that the poor should be held responsible for their own ________. And others may argue that we should help them to make better decisions. But the underlying assumption is the same: there's something _____ with them. If we could just change them, if we could just teach them how to live their lives, if they would only listen. And to be honest, this was what I thought for a long time. It was only a few years ago that I __________ that everything I _______ I knew about poverty was wrong.

Solution

  1. thought
  2. discovered
  3. wrong
  4. mistakes
  5. blunt

Original Text

Now, I'm sure not many of you would be so blunt. But the idea that there's something wrong with the poor themselves is not restricted to Mrs. Thatcher. Some of you may believe that the poor should be held responsible for their own mistakes. And others may argue that we should help them to make better decisions. But the underlying assumption is the same: there's something wrong with them. If we could just change them, if we could just teach them how to live their lives, if they would only listen. And to be honest, this was what I thought for a long time. It was only a few years ago that I discovered that everything I thought I knew about poverty was wrong.

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basic income 8
poverty line 3
george orwell 3

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