Monday, January 25, 2016

Libertarian author provides "Cliff Notes" on the "poverty trap"


Libertarian author Mary Ruwart (the “Healing Our World” books) has a detailed article today “Springing the Poverty Trap” which she says is from the “Cliff Notes” versions of her book series.

She rehearses the familiar conservative argument, that welfare programs encourage women to have children out of wedlock and father to leave them, as opposed to both men and women from disadvantaged backgrounds starting at the bottom of the ladder and working at minimum wage, then advancing, while getting educations.  One person even challenged her directly on this point. (Do I read her right;  does she also own an apartment building?)



Of course, on the other side of the world, there is the argument about insufficient worker wages, and the public example set by “unearned wealth” as discouraging “poor people” from playing by the “rules”. That’s the crux of the inequality debate.  Perhaps the woman who challenged her personally doesn't believe that "better off" people really "earned it".

She mentions marriage in the argument.  But a major part of the economic debate is that more highly educated people remain single longer and avoid having children well past the mid 20s.  That could contribute to the population demographics problem of an aging population.  And many people are disinclined to have children at all, and leave the "collective responsibility" for that to others, until eldercare demands come knocking.

I haven’t seen the “cliff notes” for her book series, but it raises the “obvious” question as to why I don’t do something like this with my “Do Ask Do Tell” series to make it more obviously.

commercially successful.  Part of the reason is that there is a lot more personal narrative in my series.  But a comparison seems fair.  I’ll come back to this again.

Update: (later Jan. 25)

Here's a disturbing story, told on Access Hollywood, about an attack on NCIS actress Pauley Perrette by a homeless man, who showed amazing personal contempt during the attacvk. 

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