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Joseph Rowntree on the causes of poverty

"Much of current philanthropical effort is directed to remedying the more superficial manifestations of weakness and evil, while little thought or effort is directed to search out their underlying causes. The soup kitchen in York never has difficulty in obtaining financial aid, but an enquiry into the extent and causes of poverty would enlist little support."

- Joseph Rowntree, 1904 Quaker Faith & Practice, Britain Yearly Meeting, 23.18 1995

Peace and Social Concerns Committee, Ottawa Monthly Meeting, Canada - CS, 27 June 1996