2nd year electronic engineering student at Southampton university. I'm currently not that involved with EA, but I agree with its philosophy and I'm open to opportunities.
In my free time I like working on ambitious electronics projects, a little programming here and there, and playing the piano.
Here's an interesting (admittedly quite old) paper discussing trends in global poverty: https://pubs.aeaweb.org/doi/pdfplus/10.1257/089533003769204335
The paper points to a great deal of research highlighting that economic growth and strengthened property rights have a strong correlation with the well-being of the poorest.
I would agree that capitalism leads to some seemingly outrageous outcomes, but the question is not one of whether capitalism is fair, but whether there's a better alternative. I'm yet to see compelling evidence that there is (feel free to prove me wrong though!).
I've been thinking similar things. A few comments:
I might write a separate post going into a bit more detail at some point.