Comrade Patrick asks:
Robert I am a socialist but one thing I struggle with is the phenomena of intergenerational welfare families. There are people in America who are on welfare and whose ancestors have been on welfare for generations.
Hypothetically I support the idea of a welfare safety net for people. Because sometimes things just don’t work out and people need to be on welfare and some may need to be on welfare for the rest of their lives. ANd I don’t have a problem with that.
But when families have been on welfare for multiple generations that seems problematic. So what I wonder is this. Is welfare a necessary part of socialism and if so what can be done to prevent multi-generational welfare families from arrising?
I am a real socialist, like a Commie type socialist. Under socialism, real Commie socialism, you have to work. If that means holding up a wall in an office for eight hours a day, so be it. If it means sweeping the streets or picking up trash, so be it. If you want a check, you have to work for it. We, the state, will give you a basic job for your welfare check. If you don’t want to work for your check, then you don’t get one. Under real Commie type socialism, we put you in jail if you refuse to work. It’s called “parasitism.” I’m not sure if I have a problem with doing that.
The welfare state includes many things.
Low cost housing, food stamps, unemployment benefits, disability, social security, phone, electricity and heating assistance, free medical care. Most of the welfare state does not involve just handing out checks to people. A lot of it is in services.