Inequality is not a personal choice – it's a choice governments make
The Guardian, 13 December 2017
We need a solid jobs plan but we keep getting a putting-the-boot-into-the-unemployed-plan and a slashing-social-expenditure-plan
In 1952 a Catholic newspaper in Ireland proclaimed: “The welfare state is diluted socialism and socialism is disguised communism.”
Extreme? Yes. Dated? No. When you listen to the dying declarations of the spear-carriers for neoliberalism, it’s hard not to hear the same alarmist codswallop.
The logic goes like this: being unemployed and poor is bad because people choose to be unemployed or poor. If you receive income support, it is because you are unemployed and poor. Therefore, receiving income support is bad. Therefore, removing income support is good. Coincidentally, this means more money for the rich and less for the poor.
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