Ananya Roy testing apart ideas about welfare an an amazing video.
‘post welfare generation’ – grew up at a time when the welfare system was systematically dismantled. A time when ‘welfare, rather than poverty, had become the problem to be solved’
Reagan literally invented the concept of the welfare queen
The middle class ‘enjoy a host of hidden government subsidies that bolster opportunity and mobility, but they do not think such subsidies should be available to the poor
‘…the rich have state help, the poor have self help
‘…fretting the welfare dependency of the poor while failing to realise that they are dependent on welfare
‘I live in public housing, because the tax deduction I enjoy on my mortgage is a more substantial handout than any money spent by the US government on what has come to be stereotyped and vilified as public housing’
Corporations are the real welfare queens e.g. wal-mart pays its workers so little that the government has to give them welfare i.e. its business model hinges on leaching from the government.
Poverty is not only economic, but also a poverty of power. Part of this is to be defined as dependent.