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In other words, malignant racism combined with a bad economy can still foment social poison. Hatred seeks power and power seeks hatred, and they sometimes find each other. And what we call the “social safety net” might better, perhaps, be called the social immune system — because society is a living organism.
We have a crucially abiding need to build the best of who we are into our social structure; if we don’t, the worst of who we are becomes inevitable.
I would like to focus on the idea of a "Social Immune System" and if "Social Welfare Programs" (Social Security, Medicare, Food Stamps, etc in the US) do constitute an Immune System against the Ills of totalitarianism. - See more at: www.abovetopsecret.com...
originally posted by: AnIntellectualRedneck
a reply to: FyreByrd
Okay, except that I see nothing in calling the social safety net an immune system objective or non-dogmatic.
The government bailed out Wall Street fat cats with our tax dollars, the government is embroiled in a horrific scandal involving the VA, the government flat out lied about the reasons for going into Iraq, the government has made legal the indefinite detention of American citizens, the government has militarized the very people that are supposed to be there to protect and serve, the government has sold us into financial slavery to insurance companies with the ACA, the government has seen fit to have free trade policies with companies that openly do not reciprocate and constantly make thinly veiled threats against our allies.
Yes, we must have a social safety net system, but the government is manifestly not a wise or appropriate vehicle with which to administer it.