The Rich and The Poor

To blame the poor for subsisting on welfare has no justice unless we are also willing to judge every rich member of society by how productive he or she is. Taken individual by individual, it is likely that there’s more idleness and abuse of government favors among the economically privileged than among the ranks of the disadvantaged.“

Norman Mailer (31 January 1923 –2007) was an American novelist, journalist, playwright, screenwriter and film director, recipient of the National Book Award, and two-time recipient of the Pulitzer Prize.

“Incolpare i poveri perché sopravvivono grazie all’assistenza sociale è ingiusto a meno che non siamo anche disposti a giudicare ogni membro ricco della società dalla sua produttività . Considerando individuo per individuo, è probabile che ci sia più pigrizia e abuso dei favori del governo tra gli economicamente privilegiati che non tra le file degli svantaggiati. “

Norman Mailer (31 gennaio 1923 – 2007) è stato uno scrittore statunitense, giornalista, saggista, drammaturgo, sceneggiatore e regista, vincitore del National Book Award e due volte vincitore del Premio Pulitzer.

64 thoughts on “The Rich and The Poor

  1. The Rich and The Poor are an italian pop group from Genoa.

    Scherzi a parte i ricchi hanno da sempre trattamenti di favore da parte dei Governi nazionali, senza contare che spesso la loro ricchezza dipende proprio dal lavoro di chi ricco non è.


  2. Questa riflessione mi riporta al passo del Vangelo secondo Matteo quando riporta le parole di Gesù ” è più facile che un cammello passi per la cruna di un ago, che un ricco entri nel regno di Dio “.

    Passano i tempi ma le cose non cambiano…. grazie Luisa per questo interessante scritto!

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  3. That quote is so true and so brilliant. Glad you shared with us, Luisa. Even the most accomplished welfare cheat, can not defraud the government much as a political insider or corrupt government contractor. We’d be comparing someone who might have gained thousands vs someone who gained millions.

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  4. It happens that sometimes helping the poor can be counterproductive because of the experience I had in Venezuela. The populist government, due to the large amount of money received in 2002 from oil ($100 per barrel), gave thousands of furnished houses to the poor, gave bonuses, gave away food, etc. Nobody wanted to work the fields, everything was imported. When oil fell ($20), it was left in ruins and a brutal shortage of product ensued and there were no sources of work. Migration in 2019 was 5.5 million people. The poor became poorer because they were idle and the rich are richer because the economy was dollarized. A reality that I lived in my own flesh. Good article Louise.

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    1. I see. The government should then make sure that the benefits it bestows are received honestly and not at the expense of the whole community , but that is difficult to ascertain or almost impossible. Unfortunately, even in Italy, since the basic income for those without work was established, some people have preferred to continue to receive that money rather than go to work. These are problems to which it is perhaps impossible to find a solution ….

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