It's hard to accumulate wealth when people are constantly stealing it. It's the same problem with communism.

Now to a more interesting question: Does poverty cause crime?

Michael Brown stole cigarillos not bread. And when people steal credit cards they spend it on toys and movies (in my experience). Not clothing or books. So not obviously poverty. This is a valid hypothesis: just look at crimes and see if they were caused by immediate needs. You made no attempt to do so in this article.

And another interesting question: Does crime impoverish the criminal?

Probably yes! If someone commits a crime their record may stand in the way of future prospects to escape poverty. For example, Neuroscientist Carl Hart engaged in many of the same illicit behaviors as his contemporaries, but if he had 'caught a case' he wouldn't have been able to get into the military and get an education and become an eminent scientist. So yes, crime is actually counterproductive and proves the old adage that "crime doesn't pay". (Dr Hart discovered that the 'drug war' against crack in the 80's actually caused crime, even though most people thought it was a response to crime.)

Similarly I would argue that crime causes drug use and addiction. (Most people think that addiction causes crime. It doesn't. Drugs don't turn people into criminals despite what they told you at your D.A.R.E. assembly.)

So then what causes crime? In my opinion crime is simply in our nature even if we deny it. We must be taught not to commit crimes. The current lack of moral education is troubling. Now if someone from a 'good' background commits a heinous crime it is attributed to 'mental illness'. Well what did you expect from someone who learned their "10 Commandments" from horror movies and 'Law and Order' reruns?

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