Is It a Featherbed?

April 1943
New Republic;4/19/43, Vol. 108 Issue 16, Special Section p533
Focuses on the chief argument that is made against a comprehensive system for social security that bolsters citizens regardless of any effort on their part. Report that the term social service state carries an implication insulting to upstanding individuals who want to earn their way, free from prying by bureaucratic social workers and without dependency on anyone; View that many persons in modern society never grow up into fully responsible adults, despite socially secured or not; Report that there is need for great ingenuity and discrimination in administrating a public-assistance or social-security system; View that public assistance, and even the payment of insurance benefits, are an unfortunate necessity indeed, if the need for them becomes too widespread and too frequent; Report that successful planning against the occurrence of mass unemployment would be one of the greatest possible safeguards against the disappearance of a self-reliant democratic society.


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