The Undeserving Poor and Our Obligations to Them

Kacy Preen
Dialogue & Discourse
7 min readMar 28, 2019

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We attach a moral value to welfare payments, but why?

Edinburgh Castle on the day of the Make Poverty History March, Photo © Paul Ashwin (cc-by-sa/2.0)

Yesterday, I read an article by Melissa Chu, titled Being Poor Doesn’t Mean Someone is Stupid, Weak, or Lazy, about the cycles that reinforce poverty and wealth, and inhibit social mobility. We like to think that we live in a meritocracy, where anyone can pull themselves up by the bootstraps and become as successful as the next…

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Kacy Preen
Dialogue & Discourse

Journalist, author, feminist. Reading the comments so you don’t have to.