Why is universalism the best way to eliminate the poverty gap? The United States of America is a wealthy country and home to some of the world's richest people. However, there is also a very high level of poverty that is often dismissed or forgotten. In recent years, activists have been working on narrowing the racial wealth gap through anti-poverty programs; however, this doesn't seem right, politically and morally, for Matthew Yglesias. In this edition of Slow Boring, he breaks down Martin Luther King Jr.'s program to promote financial equality and explains the paradox of America's dismal poverty amidst plenty.