Phil, Did you actually read the article? And did you read your own comment?
Here’s what the article said about “nudging:”
…giving needy students a hand with all that financial aid paperwork, for instance, or providing pill boxes that light up to remind people to take their meds. This type of solution is called a “nudge.” Nudges are hugely popular with politicians, mostly because they cost next to nothing.
That’s not “research.” That is babbling. What does the “scientific method” have to do with babbling? He just states, nudges are popular because they are cheap. Ok, so what? I provided you with the actual data — the core of factual analysis.
We’ve done the scientific method — we have carried out an experiment, for the last 50 years — on poverty-reduction.
We have inundated poor people with cash, “nearly $15 trillion in total welfare spending since Lyndon Johnson declared war on poverty in 1964.”
I provided you with the facts. The USA provides multiples of $6000 to poor families, and has for decades. The result? More poor people!
And now that you brought it up, to take mendacity to a whole ‘nother level, let’s look at the babbling author’s nonsense about Indian casinos.
Actual research shows that:
Yet a new study in the American Indian Law Journal suggests that growing tribal gaming revenues can make poverty worse.
Surprise! Surprise! But those who pay attention to the reality of the uselessness of throwing money at poverty are not surprised. The science is done, and is available.
And finally, your initial comment had nothing to do with “nudging.” You said:
We could have eradicated poverty ten times over with the money spent on the war in Iraq.
And I quoted you the actual scientific facts — we spent $952 billion on poverty, and BOTH Afghanistan and Iraq together cost $685 billion in 2012. That’s about 150 percent of war spending dedicated to poverty, just in 2012.
By your reckoning, we’ve eliminated poverty 15 times over! In one year!
Think again. Throwing money at poor people does not “solve” poverty.