I discovered another BBC Radio Podcast that is worth subscribing to: BBC4's Analysis, a show about public policy. This week's podcast is a discussion entitled, "The Deserving and Undeserving Poor" about the current debates raging in England over Welfare.
rail about the problems with dividing the world into left/right, I am putting it in quotation marks).
Welfare and social programs are common targets. But, now, it seems that people from both sides of the spectrum are discussing things like the morality of social programs ("why should I work hard and pay taxes while some slacker watches telly all day?").
People are looking for answers and don't want to be closed-minded. Maybe it's time to revisit questions about the legitimacy of welfare? I fear that this plays into the hands of the cynical. I would have thought intellectuals would be more immune to this type of crap after the years of failed conservative experiments around the world. Instead of trying to figure out who's naughty or nice, they should be talking about something like the cheap and easy to administer Guaranteed Annual Income.