In Germany as in the US, the rightwing insist the poor have enough money. Thus poverty is not a social question and fighting poverty is not a question of money. Rather poverty is a question of attitude, of one's neglect and therefore of one's own making. Different realities are painted one after another. Falling real wages are called a sign of structural improvements on the labor market. This was how the Gerrman Poverty and Wealth Report was "smoothed out."
Thirty years of neoliberal restructuring gave every privilege and advantage to capital and led to exploding inequality and generalized insecurity. Abandoning the social contract means accepting the Hobbesian notion that everyhone is a wolf to everyone else and that the "law of the stronger" prevails.
to read Albrecht von Luecke's "George Orwell in the Government: The Rich Come from the Poor" published on December 13, 2012, click on
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Translator’s note: Happy Martin Luther King Day! The state has a social nature and can't be only a power and security state. The social state seems to have capsized into the activating or punishing state. Thirty-years of neoliberal restructuring gave every advantage and privilege to capital and resulted in generalized insecurity, mistrust, privatization, deregulation and currency speculation. Workfare was devised to decimate the welfare state and has proven a dehumanizing failure. Labor problems of today cannot be solved with methods of another era! All people should share in the gains of technology and increased productivity!
“The Future of the Welfare State,” 2010, Ireland: