I meant meritocracy was desirable, not plutocracy. Apologies, a slip of the tongue.I'm afraid I don't understand your criticism, do you think that people aren't desperate for these things and that they are more desperate for a Mars mission? My comment was on the nature of what people want, not what we could solve now if we tried. These are huge issues and as you point out there are many examples where things are getting better, even if in recent years many countries have had certain things worse.
I certainly think it's possible to get rid of absolute poverty, and on a global scale. Humanity has made great strides towards that. In terms of other forms of poverty it's trickier but I don't think it's unrealistic to envision a society with low-no levels of nepotism, high job security, a good safety net and a system that allows for smooth social mobility. We're getting off topic here though and not drag this thread into a discussion on the extent of poverty and it's perception and whether or not plutarchy is innevitable/desirable.
Actually I have gone to 3rd world countries to volunteer at charities. Regardless though I think this is a typical and poor criticism. Leaving aside the fact that you've misread my post (where I was referring to what people want rather than what we should immediately focus on) the idea that if you don't personally move to a poor country to help them then you don't have a right to advocate charity/development is asinine. Me as an individual is going to make little difference versus a nation electing to allocate a portion of it's resources to international aid. Again though this is side tracking.
Well, granted I did not read all the posts in this thread, so I thought you preferred for the money to be spent on helping the poor. This is a pretty common position so I assumed that was what you took. Anyway, my response to that has always been that you can't just throw money at it and expect the problem to disappear.
In case of poorer nations, they will get richer only when their populations develop better work ethics, become more educated, more enlightened and so on. Spending money on charity is a waste, as allot of it gets stolen and what does get thru will only hurt the local economy in the long term. IMO it would be far better to do stuff like invest in African infrastructure and companies, sponsor exchange programs, lighten import duties on African goods (especially on agricultural products: Africa has some of the most fertile land in the world).
In case of fixing problems "at home",, how exactly are you going to fix nepotism by throwing money at it? Job security and social welfare in general will be fixed only when governments start redistributing wealth (by increasing taxes on the richer strata), which is not really a money problem.