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From the 1950s to the 1980s, India followed socialist-inspired policies. The economy was shackled by extensive regulation, protectionism, and public ownership, leading to pervasive corruption and slow growth. Since 1991, the nation has moved towards a market-based system. The policy change in 1991 came after an acute balance of payments crisis, and the emphasis since then has been to use foreign trade and foreign investment as integral parts of India's economy. With an average annual GDP growth rate of 5.8% for the past two decades, the economy is among the fastest growing in the world. It has the world's second largest labor force, with 516.3 million people.
Despite India's impressive economic growth over recent decades, it still contains the largest concentration of poor people in the world, and has a higher rate of malnutrition among children under the age of three (46% in year 2007) than any other country in the world[
My fundamental attitude is that it doesn't take much for people to have just what they really need to get by in life--not what they want or are taught to want by a consumerist society--and that our society has the means to provide basic sustenance (and yes, health care) to everyone. From there on, it is the individual's responsibility to acquire more if that is what motivates them.
More recently, I have actually heard people on this site advocating the dismantling of the entire welfare system.
The only alternative system for welfare I have heard from the right was giving churches the responsibility of taking care of the needy, and anyone with half a brain would realize this could never work.
People are equal and it's about time everyone is treated as such. Equal access to energy, technology, goods and services.
How is the dismantling of a corrupt, poverty creating, disincentive to work, that's based on the theft of other peoples property so bad? Is there a better, cheaper, more just way to do this or are we just brainwashed into thinking that taking care of the poor is only a service the government can provide?
How is welfare not an incentive to work? You pay able bodied people because they do not have jobs.
A technocracy is a oligarchy fueled by asymmetric information.
Originally posted by The Transhumanist
You pay able bodied people for applying for jobs until they find work. Is that such an evil concept to you? As was already said, your not just paid to do nothing. If you are not applying for at least 15 jobs a week or involved in a job training program or in some cases an associates degree program, you are kicked off of welfare within 6 months.
All you have done is criticize my ideas. What are your anarchist alternatives? Put the well being of the poor into the hands of the democratic majority? A gift economy? What kind of anarchy are you proposing?
Are you opposed only to De Facto states or would you accept a De Jure state? Surely you are not so brainwashed by your anarchist views to see that the democratic majority would be exploiting you and stealing from you in much the same way a state would.
The thought process is generally to say either "we need to help the poor" or "screw the poor", and each side says both. The idea is not the sides, but how the question is phrased.