When society emerged from the hunter-gatherer stage and become agricultural urbanization emerged and population exploded. Disease flourished and poverty become known becoming manifest in misery all too familiar throughout history.
Many ideologies tried to abolish poverty by eliminating classes and making everyone equal. But that made everyone but the soviet government officials poor and destroyed the incentives to work to convert natural bounties into usable artificial wealth.
There is no such thing as wealth that came out of nothing. It always came out of the earth ultimately from the hand of God.
Urbanization did 2 things. Destroy natural wealth through the destruction of the landscapes that constituted the habitat where the ecosystems thrived which naturally brings forth their bounties of wood,medicines,furs and beauty and also converted natural resources into artificial forms in the forms of buildings,objects and clothing.
On the one hand it enabled human population to thrive and on the other hand it enabled some talented individuals to accumulate wealth that is in excess of their needs. I do not consider such a thing bad. But it also seems to facilitate poverty more extreme than suffered by the caveman.
At least the caveman had access to natural resources like rocks,animals natural foods and medicinal herbs. Which could be fashioned into tools,clothing and medicines. He had access to caves both wondrous and beautiful fashioned by the hand of God and even if not beautiful, certainly not hellishly ugly.. He had access to the night sky displaying the glory of the creators handiwork the countless stars,glorious galaxies, breathtaking landscapes tropical,temperate and polar and waterways clear and wondrous. Such a life is hard sure famine and wild animals certainly threaten him. But such is a life more adventurous in its hunting and more dignified in its deaths.
However the beggar and those like him only has access to plastic bags and rotting food thrown away by others, ugly holes and concrete hellholes in the urban landscape he finds himself in. He is stuck in his place save via human generosity. Even some who do find work only make enough money to eat and nothing more.
His is a poverty both aesthetic as well as bodily,material and purposeless. It is ignoble for he does not die via the wild animals nor in the adventure of hunting nor under the skies obscured via the city lights. He dies in his plastic soaked with urine in a landscape berefit of refraction of the glory of God that existed before the cities went up.
Indeed his is a poverty greater than than of the caveman and nomadic mongol.
And seeing beggars on the street I would hope to connect them with employers desperate for workers yet also be able to make enough money to improve their lots. Or if there are places left and no ways to be found in the urban environment give them a chance to live a more dignified and free lifestyle of poverty that the nomad and caveman at least possesses.