wilde property law
the proper aim is to try and reconstruct society on such a basis that poverty will be impossible
8 – from charity to justice
prevention is always better than cure.. learn to pay attention to systems and not just symptoms..
oscar wilde: ‘their remedies do not cure the disease. they try to solve the problem of poverty for instance by keeping the poor alive. but this is not a solution: it is an aggravation of the difficulty. the proper aim is to try an dreconstruct society on such a basis that poverty will be impossible.. the altruist virtues have really prevented the carrying out of this aim.. just as the worse slave owners were those who were kind to their slaves.. prevented horror of system being realised by those who suffered from ti and understood by those who contemplated it.. people who do most harm are people who try to do most good. charity degrades and demoralises..
huge.. and w ubi.. poverty would still be possible.. we need to zoom out further.
wilde’s words: 1\ while charity may indeed improve lives of poor in an immediate, temp sense, it then returns them straight back into the conditions that produced their poverty in the first place.. in the end.. nothing actually changed
ie: w ubi.. what’s to keep prices from going up.. (on food, wifi, healthcare).. so that the ubi amount becomes insignificant
2\ wilde goes a step further.. he argues that charity not only distracts our attention from causes.. from rot at centre of system.. but also obscure the nature of the problem from those who suffer it.. charity can detract from people’s ability to directly challenge the forces that degrade them in first place and strips them of political agency.. though usually unintentional on part of humanitarian.. it smooths over contradiction of a deeply flawed system.. and allows system to continue a bit longer
this is student voice ness.. in regard to school..
wilde makes another critical intervention: ‘it is immoral to use private property to alleviate the horrible evils that results from the institution of private property.. both immoral and unfair‘
to the extent that charity is enable by the accumulation of surplus wealth it can never be an meaningful solution – for the very processes by which wealth is accumulated are those that produce poverty in the first place..
wilde: by consuming a man w what he possesses, it has led individualism entirely astray.. it has made gain not growth its aim.. so man thought the important thing was to have and did not know that the important thing is to be.. the true perfection of man lies not in what man has but in what man is’
wilde: ‘when private property is abolished there will be no necessity for crime, no demand for it; it will cease to exist’