The cause of activism
Activism is a profession in and of itself. The best activists embrace causes that will not go away, and often contribute to prolonging them, either intentionally, or through the profound ignorance that seems to be job requirement number one for activists. Activism makes an excellent, lucrative profession, with great benefits and public notoriety.
"Poverty" and "Inequality" are the hot ones these days. Poverty has been redefined in the western world to equal the bottom 10% of the local economy, much like inequality has been redefined as being the 99%. Neither will ever go away -- it takes an absolute moron to believe that through some action, they can change 10% into some other number, and an even greater moron to believe that they should make the attempt in spite of the body of evidence proving that with very few, and limited exceptions, *all* past efforts at doing this have failed. By definition, the bottom 10% will always be the bottom 10%. There will always be morons who can't figure that out. The good news for the activists is that by trying to "fix" poverty and inequality, whole new groups of disadvantaged will be created.
Nowhere in the non-first world, are the "poor" graced with computers, cellphones, and cars. They are instead graced with actual hunger. Not the first-world hunger, either, where a morbidly obese person, eating enough overpriced pre-prepared trash at one meal for seven humans, complains that they have to skip one meal a week -- in my unlearned opinion, that just means they need to skip 5 more before they get back to the right weekly caloric intake. Regardless, that seems to be the latest activist rallying cry: "We have to do something about the "hungry" in the US and the UK! It's somehow your fault if you work and pay taxes! Do this right away, before you can think it over!!" It'll be a cold day in hell that I'll feel sorry for a morbidly obese person going hungry. It isn't poor finances that makes them that way, but poor choices, and given that while intelligence is a finite quantity, stupidity has been proven infinite, I don't see a way to eliminate poor choices other than by paying a bounty to idiots to get sterilized.
Our media is clear full of bullshit "documentaries" trying to get you to buy their stupid arguments -- anybody with an IQ over room temperature should be able to figure out that they are the modern day descendant's of Phineas T. Barnum's freak show, out there titillating the masses for pay and notoriety.
If you want to improve society, my best advice is that whenever you see an "activist", punch them in the teeth. (figuratively speaking)
I took a friend who came from actual poverty ($200/month income in 2001) to a US McDonald's, where we watched a woman scarf down three supersized adult meals, fries, ice cream and all. The best part? She had a Diet Coke with it. Apparently, a Diet Coke is a kind of talisman, that you can wave at a 9,000 calorie meal, and have it turn into nothing. Just so you know, like most talismans, it didn't work. I bet she was over 450 lbs. That's not counting her large family (avoirdupoisally, rather than numerically speaking). Needless to say, my companions were amazed by it.
(The only talisman I know of that actually works is my Aluminum Baseball Bat of Pain, which brings on pain.)