By A. Dobelstein
This ebook attributes American poverty to outcomes nineteenth Century social welfare guidelines inside an economic system stretching to satisfy its twenty first Century fiscal strength, arguing that American poverty persists as monetary and political constructions have moved into the realm of monetary making plans yet social welfare continues to be in its Depression-era constitution.
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Weber deconstructed America’s transformation of work as a moral principle by examining the dictums of Benjamin Franklin: “Truly what is here preached [by Franklin] is not simply a means for making one’s way in the world, but a peculiar ethic. The infraction of its rules is treated not as foolishness but as forgetfulness of duty. That is the essence of the matter. ”22 Poor Richard’s Almanack, a collection of annual events, biblical referr ences and Franklin’s own proverbs published regularly from 1733 through 40 Poverty in the United States 1758 reflect Calvin’s ethical burden on work.
Laws safeguard private property. ” Patents and copyright laws shield inventions. Corporations and their shareholders receive special tax protection. American democracy, like American capitalism, is a compromise of eighteenth- and nineteenth-century beliefs that define a particular form of democratic government—one that balances a high premium on individualism on the one hand with the need for governance on the other. Other democratic forms of governance such as parliamentary systems differ not only in structure, but also in their founding principles and may provide more or less governmental latitude to deal with fundamental economic issues.
Both the present economy and the existing social welfare system were created and are perpetuated in the context of pre-twenty-first-century realities, and both are given form by a political system based on the same seventeenthand eighteenth-century assumptions. Thus, both America’s economic system and its social welfare arrangement each are expected to function beyond their founding structural capacities. The Great Recession exposed structural flaws in America’s system, provoking calls for reforms that will prevent future damaging economic events.