The Week: RFK, Paul Ryan, and welfare reform

My debut piece for The Week is out. It discusses what Paul Ryan and company could learn from Robert Kennedy’s critique of welfare:

Where Ryan sees welfare dependency as a wasteful moral failing by the poor, Kennedy saw something else. Kennedy saw those on welfare yearning for “the kind of employment that lets a man say to his community, to his family, to the country, and most important, to himself, ‘I helped to build this country. I am a participant in its great public ventures. I am a man.'”

Read the rest here.


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