Mr. Bezos discusses other interesting issues including poverty and philanthropy in the interview. Many people, especially the far left Progressive militants who are currently in power in the United States, just don't get it. Throwing other people's money at other people's problems is ALWAYS the liberal solution.
During the interview Mr. Bezos points out that throwing money at poor people ("winning the lottery") does not translate into the long term goal of getting "the folks" out of poverty. Seriously, liberals are not the solution to the problem, in fact liberals are the problem.
Although there are many things that might be done to reduce poverty in the U.S., I argue for a focus on three priorities: getting a good education, not having children before you marry, and working full-time. Government should expect people to make real efforts to comply with each of these norms. Brookings Institute analysis shows that individuals who play by these rules are much less likely to be poor than those who don't.
Under capitalism, no poor man is prohibited from creating a fortune -- observe that in late 19th century and early twentieth century America how hundreds of really "poor" immigrants, who could not even speak a word of English, came to America and within a generation were America's newest elite -- and they did it without the Government on their backs, or on the backs of others. Even today, in semi-free America, many such immigrants come here starting with nothing and create fortunes -- though this is a rarer occurrence due to the vast weight of the volumes of incoherent and irrational regulations that punish those who have an urgent need to accumulate capital (the poor).
Observe that the freedom that a rich man needs to maintain and add to his wealth, is the same freedom a poor man needs to create his wealth -- and the creation of wealth for both, has the same root -- reason. The only requirement of reason from the state is entirely singular in principle: freedom, that is, the banishment of the initiation of force from all social relationships. Yet, this is precisely the freedom that the "humanitarians" (liberals) do not wish to give either of them, since this "right" to freedom and liberty, can only come at the expense of the alleged humanitarian's (Progressive's) "might."
Those humanitarians who claim to help the poor, but oppose capitalism, do not really have the interests of the poor in mind. Since all men are free to create wealth under capitalism, no one is forced into poverty, as in non-capitalist countries.
Keep in mind that the moral justification of capitalism is not the it serves the "needs of the many", but that it protects the rights of every individual-- in particular, it protects the individual from the "many". Capitalism is not egalitarian, nor "compassionate"; Capitalism is just.
Neither the Democrat nor the Republican politicians "get it" because their priority is power and control. Libertarians founded this country. Today's Tea Party movement shows that Independent voters are committed to taking the country back towards the founding principles, including freedom and capitalism. Progressives seek to destroy the very principles,which made the United States the most prosperous and generous country on earth. Conservatives have abandoned the libertarian principles that Ronald Reagan said they should follow.
"If you analyze it I believe the very heart and soul of conservatism is libertarianism. I think conservatism is really a misnomer just as liberalism is a misnomer for the liberals–if we were back in the days of the Revolution, so-called conservatives today would be the Liberals and the liberals would be the Tories. The basis of conservatism is a desire for less government interference or less centralized authority or more individual freedom and this is a pretty general description also of what libertarianism is."- Ronald Reagan 1975