...And Economic Justice for All: Welfare Reform for the 21st Century

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emphasis as a society should be on reducing the importance of material goods. I am trusting the reader to remember that I continue to insist upon some adequate level of material well-being for everyone. It is only the redistribution, above this level, which I argue against. Food for everyone, yes. Jewelry for everyone, no.


SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE, BUT MORE FOR SOME--
JUSTICE AND REALITY RECONCILED

It is necessary, and may even be desirable, to allow disparities in wealth. It is neither necessary nor desirable to require that some go without an adequate income. My conclusion is that, in the economic sphere, a just society is one in which all citizens are accorded the economic resources necessary to provide them opportunities--opportunity to enjoy liberty, opportunity to improve their economic well-being, opportunity to live free of the fear of starvation.


Notes
1.
The New York State Constitution has a provision requiring aid, care, and support of the needy. This is not, however, necessarily based on a right.
2.
Since this is the reference in the document, I repeat it here. I am not, however, among those who feel that "men" means "men and women." Gender-neutral language is not just "politically correct," it is socially considerate and grammatically accurate.
3.
As cited by Gilbert Cranberg in "Should Economic Rights Be Guaranteed by Law?," Des Moines Register, October 30, 1977, p. 2B.
4.
Ibid.
5.
To the extent our concept of rights is based on a Judeo-Christian heritage, we can take note of Biblical admonitions. For example, "Defend the poor and fatherless: do justice to the afflicted and needy," Psalm 82:3. In Jeremiah 5, where the sins of Judah are described, the civil leaders are criticized for, among other things, "the right of the needy do they not judge." Jeremiah 5:28, King James Version.
6.
The whole area of what constitutes a right is itself very complex. David Miller discusses these complexities in Social Justice, especially the distinction between legal and moral rights and positive and ideal rights.

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • Acknowledgments xi
  • Introduction 1
  • 1 - Life Is Not Fair, but People Can Be 11
  • Notes 33
  • 2 - Are You Worthy? Current U.S. Welfare Programs 41
  • Notes 65
  • 3 - The Market Who Gets What, Why, and Whether 75
  • Notes 100
  • 4 - Work--Who Needs It? 107
  • Notes 124
  • 5 - We Are What We Were 129
  • Notes 145
  • 6 - Why the Guaranteed Adequate Income 153
  • Appendix Results of Negative Income Tax Experiments 169
  • 7 - The History of Guaranteed Income Plans 178
  • Notes 187
  • 8 - The Guaranteed Adequate Income Proposal 190
  • Notes 201
  • 9 - Cost and Funding Calculations 204
  • 10 - Final Thoughts 222
  • References 227
  • Index 229
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