Re: Didn't need no welfare state (Was: Re: news...)

From: Emlyn (pentacle) (
Date: Thu Apr 27 2000 - 01:24:26 MDT

> I don't see that it is necessary at all. Willing or not, if the
> is starvation the slackers will go out and work. The only tricky part is
> ensuring that the genuinely incapacitated don't suffer too much in the
> process - which is why I favor private charity, with its ability to make
> fine-grained judgment calls about who is and is not really incapable of
> working.
> Billy Brown

I'm quite suspect of private charity being able to make these fine grained
judgement calls. I could accept that they might be able to only hand charity
to those in need; I am less convinced that all of (or even a good proportion
of) those in need will necessarily receive handouts.

Interestingly, from close observation of true slackers (not fun, I assure
you), I would even doubt the ability of private charities to seperate the
needy and the slackers. There are a good proportion of professional charity
cases out there, and they get a damned lot of non-govt handouts, be assured!
I wonder whether the truly needy could appear as needy as the professional
slackers have learned to?



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