On the political uses of evil
Elizabeth Bruenig

You had me until the claim that “universal healthcare” is a good. Universal healthcare is a vaguely defined term that usually refers to a system where we have the government provide people with healthcare because they exist.

That doesn’t really involve social interaction and people lifting other people up. That is people paying taxes and some bureaucracy deciding what it will and won’t pay for regarding everyone’s healthcare. It is the same backwards way we handle helping the poor through the government. The way we do it builds resentment because those being helped end up feeling owed something because they exist while those who are paying feel unappreciated.

We are missing the hands on approach of both helping and receiving help. The gratefulness of receiving and the good feeling that those who help get from helping. The way that those actions bring peoples and communities together.

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