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How the Rhetoric of Responsibility Hurts the Welfare State | New Republic
book  review  welfare  responsibility  rhetoric  political-science  philosophy  ethics  collective  commonwealth 
june 2017 by tsuomela
Guaranteed income’s moment in the sun | Remapping Debate
"What allowed for GAI [guaranteed annual income] to be considered seriously by both Republicans and Democrats in the late-1960s and early 1970s? Why would the chances for a GAI proposal be so bleak today? And why are the answers to those questions critical to the outcome of virtually every other domestic public policy issue that exists today?"
politics  history  economics  income  government  social-security  overton-window  markets-uber-alles  capitalism  welfare  1970s  1960s 
may 2013 by tsuomela
Is the White Working Class Coming Apart?—David Frum - The Daily Beast
"Charles Murray's Coming Apart: The State of White America, 1960-2010 is an important book that will have large influence. It is unfortunately not a good book—but its lack of merit in no way detracts from its importance. If anything, the book's flaws add to its power, by enhancing the book's appeal to the audience for whom it is intended. Coming Apart is an important book less because of what it says than because of what it omits
book  review  welfare  economics  politics  conservatism  ideology  class  culture  behavior  elites  elitism  power 
may 2012 by tsuomela
Overcoming Bias : Limits To Growth
"Current growth rates simply cannot continue at familiar levels for ten thousand more years. We’ll eventually learn everything worth knowing about how to arrange atoms, and growth in available atoms will be limited by the speed of light."
future  growth  welfare 
march 2012 by tsuomela
Compassionate Conversatism § Unqualified Offerings
"There is no political dynamic that gets us from a rickety welfare state to a viable left-libertarian “voluntaryist” minarchism. A left-libertarian, post-state society where neighbor cares for neighbor and we crowd-source help for the needy by leveraging internet technology still appeals to me on a deep emotional level. But no American political movement with the energy and power to eliminate the existing social-welfare system will be animated by the impulses needed to make Voluntaryland work as desired."
libertarianism  american  politics  welfare  mutual-aid 
september 2011 by tsuomela
A Tale of Two Moralities -
"One side of American politics considers the modern welfare state — a private-enterprise economy, but one in which society’s winners are taxed to pay for a social safety net — morally superior to the capitalism red in tooth and claw we had before the New Deal. It’s only right, this side believes, for the affluent to help the less fortunate.

The other side believes that people have a right to keep what they earn, and that taxing them to support others, no matter how needy, amounts to theft. That’s what lies behind the modern right’s fondness for violent rhetoric: many activists on the right really do see taxes and regulation as tyrannical impositions on their liberty.

politics  partisanship  morality  welfare  government 
january 2011 by tsuomela
New York Study on Who May End Up Homeless Called Cruel -
It has long been the standard practice in medical testing: Give drug treatment to one group while another, the control group, goes without.

Now, New York City is applying the same methodology to assess one of its programs to prevent homelessness.
economics  welfare  poverty  experiments  city(NewYork)  methodology  social-science 
december 2010 by tsuomela
Stumbling and Mumbling: "Scroungers" and exploiters
The embarrassment here for Marxists is that public opposition to “welfare scroungers” is similar to their (our) opposition to capitalism. Both appeal to a concept of exploitation. Marxists say that capitalism requires workers to work longer than necessary in order to give bosses profits. But one could equally well claim that workers have to work longer than necessary in order to pay taxes to keep “scroungers.” “Scroungers” and bosses both exploit workers.
This raises the question: why is there so much popular hostility to exploitation by scroungers and so little to exploitation by bosses (bankers excepted)?
marx  karl  marxism  exploitation  work  welfare  fairness  business 
july 2010 by tsuomela / Columnists / Martin Wolf - Three years and new fault lines threaten
I think of it as the end of “the deal”. What was that deal? It was the post-second-world-war settlement: in the US, the deal centred on full employment and high individual consumption. In Europe, it centred on state-provided welfare.

In the US, soaring inequality and stagnant real incomes have long threatened this deal. Thus, Prof Rajan notes that “of every dollar of real income growth that was generated between 1976 and 2007, 58 cents went to the top 1 per cent of households”. This is surely stunning.
economics  income  income-distribution  money  wealth  history  2h20c  america  welfare 
july 2010 by tsuomela
Op-Ed Columnist - The Class War We Need -
In the age of Barack Obama, many rank-and-file conservatives have been more upset about redistribution of a different sort — the kind that takes money from the prosperous and “spreads the wealth” (as Obama put it, in his famous confrontation with Joe the Plumber) down the income ladder.

This kind of spending can be problematic. But conservatives need to recognize that the most pernicious sort of redistribution isn’t from the successful to the poor. It’s from savers to speculators, from outsiders to insiders, and from the industrious middle class to the reckless, unproductive rich.
economics  politics  welfare  business  corporate  corporatism  spending  conservatism  class-war 
july 2010 by tsuomela
The Prize in Economics 1998 - Press Release
Press release for Amartya Sen 1998 economics Nobel Prize.
nobelprize  economics  1998  justice  distribution  welfare 
february 2010 by tsuomela
Open Left:: Racial Attitudes And Social Spending--Part 1
The specific racist attitudes involved are: (1) blaming blacks for their continued lower incomes and lack of wealth, and (2) denying that discrimination plays a dominant role in holding blacks back. Of course, some will deny that these are racist beliefs, but white supremacists have always insisted on the sole right to define everything. Suffice it to say that both beliefs are race-based, and both are factually false. If race-based lies that help preserve white privilege aren't racist, then one has to wonder, "What is?"
racism  race  underclass  power  wealth  success  class  social-status  spending  welfare 
september 2009 by tsuomela
The return of the welfare queen | Salon
Unsurprisingly, the new "welfare wedge" has been very evident in the opposition to healthcare reform, even before Michael Steele made it clear that "socialism" for "the greatest generation" was worth defending so long as it wasn't extended to the currently uninsured.
welfare  politics  medicare  health-care  republicans 
september 2009 by tsuomela
Open Left:: No, Versailles, "Welfare Reform" Didn't Work, Either
So much for yet another Versailles myth. The only thing that "welfare reform" managed to do was kick more women and children off of welfare. It did not move them out of poverty, which is what the rest of the civilized world recognizes as the actual purpose of social welfare programs for the poor.
welfare  poverty  government  politics  policy 
april 2009 by tsuomela
Why Do Americans Still Hate Welfare? - Economix Blog -
In his book “America’s Struggle Against Poverty in the Twentieth Century,” James Patterson, a professor of history emeritus at Brown University, writes that “the image of the poor person in the 1930s was the agrarian farmer, down on his luck, but not complaining.” Think of Tom Joad, the protagonist of John Steinbeck’s novel “The Grapes of Wrath.”

Starting in the mid-1960s, however, that image began to change: poverty –- especially welfare — became seen by many as largely an African-American phenomenon. It was also during this decade that the word “welfare,” which previously did not have a negative connotation, became “a political epithet,” according to Sanford Schram, a professor of social policy at Bryn Mawr College
economics  class  class-war  poverty  welfare  government  bailout 
december 2008 by tsuomela

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