A reader asks a question to which I don’t have an immediate answer
I’ve noticed that in general people are always concerned with the unemployed and how/why they don’t work etc. Often this attitude is negative, and this is certainly capilized by the goverment.
So what I wondered is why doesn’t this attitude doesn’t seem to also apply to people who don’t work but don’t collect benefits ? What I mean by this is that it seems clear there are lots of indirect benefits that people still receive/received even if they don’t work (roads, schooling etc.) and direct benefits too (health-care) that must cost the community. However, this group seems exempt from the negative criticism of those that collect unemployment benefits in particular, and sometime it is also positive (if you make enough money to retire at thirty, thats great!). Why ?
Any thoughts on this?