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“Why would anyone hate someone for having less money? The issue of poverty is haunted by the idea of laziness. Conservatives believe that the poor deserve to be poor because they’re less willing to work and therefore morally inferior. They won’t say this in public but they hint at it. Then liberals argue that the poor actually work harder than the rich. I don’t like this move because it accepts and reinforces what I think is a framing error. A healthy culture would not even have the concept of ‘lazy’. Humans prefer meaningful and autonomous activity to doing nothing, so a society in which work is meaningful and autonomous does not need to tell itself that work is morally virtuous. ‘Laziness’ exists only in the context of a system that depends on work that nobody will do unless they’re forced to do it through economic and social pressure.”  – Ran Prieur

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