Jack Saturday

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Anti-Wage-Slavery, Pro-Freedom Quotations 188-189

Robert Theobald, the British socio-economist, in an address to the special conference on Social Welfare Policy in Canada when he pointed out that modern psychological theory takes the opposite view: that man will strive for self-realization if he [sic] is provided with the means to satisfy his basic needs. The present system operates on the theory that an individual must be forced to earn his own living by making his condition so unpleasant that toil will appear more attractive. But, said Theobald, "If man is drawn to the goal of self-realization as his [sic] immediate needs are met, then the present welfare system is the very factor which is preventing many from realizing their own potential and contributing to the needs of society."
Pierre Berton,
The Smug Minority, pp. 108

The guaranteed income at a reasonable level will abolish poverty tomorrow.

There's no reason why a person should have to hold a job in order to survive today.
Robert Theobald


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