I’m enjoying your foray into philosophy in JG + BI.
I’ve seen above, people touch on liberty (positive & negative), rights (to work), as well as the perennial debate between equality of outcome vs. opportunity.
I think there’s a missing thread that runs through all of these considerations, but doesn’t get talked about, and that is “purpose”.
A human without purpose is a sad creature indeed.
Equality of opportunity is really about giving as many people as possible the opportunity to find purpose in their lives. The flip side of that is that imposed equality of outcome simultaneously takes away opportunity from people who are pursuing purpose, and removes the necessary agency of those people that it purports to help.
Liberty is also meaningless outside of the context of purpose. Liberty to do what? Well, liberty to choose purpose and pursue it, obviously. Once we take on the load of some purpose in our lives, we voluntarily bind our own lives up in a multitude of liberty constraints.
We’re happiest in cages of our own making.
The right to work is similarly derived. It can’t be an imperative to work, because that’s slavery (which prevents you from following your own purpose), and preferably policy doesn’t get expressed in a way that locks people into a kind of purpose following trap where the BI + JG creates some kind of bland existence absent growth potential.
In any profession that assists human development or recovery, from child care, to aged care, rehabilitation, teaching/training or education, there is a common Golden rule. “Don’t do anything for them that they can do for themselves.” It doesn’t help them. It hinders them. It steals their agency in the name of compassion, because it’s in our continual fight against the entropy of the universe that we find meaningful purpose.
So that was a bit of a tangent, but if you followed it, then maybe you can see the policy consequences also.
Social security systems are good to whatever degree they enable purposeful opportunities in peoples lives, but bad to whatever degree they surround people with cages not of their own making.