today’s shower thought: the stigma surrounding benefits and governments finding it nontoxic to make poor peoples’ lives shittier and shittier traces back to the idea that benefits claimants should be grateful. we shouldn’t. when you have a social contract to pay tax in exchange for a safety net, the counterparty (ie the government) delivering on their end of the deal is not a generosity or a kindness. it’s their obligation. and you don’t get a cookie for doing something you’re obliged to do.

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