Charity and Welfare States
by Neil Lock sub-topic» Social security
Actually, welfare states as they exist today work against the ideal of brotherhood. I used to wonder why, after all the taxes I had paid over many decades, I had never had even a single word of thanks or appreciation from any welfare recipient. Not even from one of them, not even once. Ungrateful bastards.
Then, I came to understand that the welfare state is designed that way. Instead of promoting brotherhood through personal contact between helpers and helped, the welfare state encourages the recipients of benefits to shower their thanks instead on the politicians that front the system. And to ignore or, worse, feel antipathy or even class hatred towards the people whose earned money was stolen to provide them with benefits.