Denial of the right to social security in capitalist systems
Nature: Because the basis of capitalism is free enterprise uncontrolled by governmental or community authorities, the right to work is not guaranteed and hence neither is the right to social security (unemployment, sickness and disability benefits, pensions). The capitalist ethic of profit motive as an incentive to production implies that any individual can support himself well if he only works hard enough. Therefore he should not be in need of state aid in times of distress and if he is in need of it, the implied reason is that he has been lazy or simply not smart enough.
Problem Type: D: Detailed problems
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