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6:04 am, March 14th, 2021 - 49 comments
Categories: benefits, Economy, employment, labour, minimum wage, poverty, socialism, welfare - Tags: economy, housing, poverty, ubi
One of the aspirational founding principles of the USA, was the right to “life, liberty and the Pursuit of happiness”.
It doesn’t say, “unless you are black, poor or otherwise undeserving”.
Similarly, the New Zealand Labour Party has their own Version.
“All people should have equal access to all social, economic, cultural, political and legal spheres, regardless of wealth or social position, and continuing participation in the democratic process”.
The first Labour Government, stated that everyone should have “enough income to be able to participate in society”.
It doesn’t say, “Unless you are an unemployed brown youngster, in Northland”.
The Standard authors have many different viewpoints. I think it is safe to say however, that most of us support everyone’s right to life. To have enough food, housing and health care, and access to recreation, information and society, to have, a “life”!
How we allocate these things in our society is with money. Without money you cannot access them. You cannot have a life, liberty, or pursue, “happiness”.
Some think this is fine. They believe that if you don’t directly “contribute to societies monetary wealth”, because of illness, disability, having children, or demoralisation after being refused your hundredth job application, you don’t deserve these things. You deserve! A life of impoverished misery.
We can see this every day with the attitude towards ,”beneficiaries,”. Very often from people whose occupation, though paid highly, is really of little contribution, or even stealing, from our society.
I believe, as our first Labour Government did, that everyone has the right “to a life” regardless of their perceived ,”value”.
In our country, with its excess of resources and capability, we have no excuse for poverty.
For leaving people behind.