Mudcat Café message #1034275 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #63553   Message #1034275
Posted By: McGrath of Harlow
12-Oct-03 - 06:41 PM
Thread Name: BS: Benefits/Welfare.
Subject: RE: BS: Benefits/Welfare.
It seems pretty clear that most people spending significant amounts of money on things that are bad for us acquire that money as wages and salaries. So would it be better if everyone was paid in the form of housing, food and clothig to stop them doing that kind of thing?

I seem to remember that at one time a system involving this this was tried in the United States for quite a sizeable proportion of the population. And that kind of argument was in fact one of those used to justify the continuation of the "peculiar institution" of slavery.

There are other ways to try to improve us morally and stop us being corrupted. To divert whatever system exists for eliminating poverty into trying to achieve this selectively is to try to make it do too many things at once.