We need a different theory of why poverty exists. We make it exist, because in our current system, it's profitable to some and tolerable to most.
Even if you have contempt for the poor and think they aren't worth investing in, you have to accept that in a consumer-driven economy you need consumers.
The opioid crisis makes other crises worse: automation, stagnant wages, and health care. We let it happen because it's profitable for a few.
When you see it laid out plainly as in this piece from Vox, you realize why people are so dissatisfied. Most of us spend our work day, which is most of our day, under oppressive, even humiliating conditions that are more like dictatorship than life in a free country.
Hot Chicken Takeover of Columbus, Ohio serves Nashville-style hot chicken and has a brilliant business model: hire ex-cons and treat them with respect. This 4-minute documentary will give you the feels and the thinks.