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The Shortcomings of Welfare Systems

In this world, social structures very rigidly define themselves in order for societies to properly function and progress. There are business owners, their managers, and the labourers. Business owners either inherit their position, or obtain it through pure intelligence and hard work or by exploitation of others. Regardless, in order for these businesses to have success, they need labourers to complete the basic tasks involved in producing the product or service offered. Once the company expands to a certain extent, managers must be implemented, as there would be too many labourers for the owner to directly communicate to. Owners, managers, and labourers are all necessary to societies to exist and progress; they are the industrial inputs and societies thrive on industrial performance.

The unfortunate result of this unavoidable system though is that it asserts a rigid class hierarchy without much merit. The overarching nature of society is to collectively improve the living conditions and opportunities of all those individuals who live in it – or else nobody would come together to live in communities. By understanding this fundamental purpose of society, and accepting the inevitable class structure, the objective must be to elevate the quality of life and expand opportunities for not only the higher classes, but across the board.

This objective can be uniformly accepted and even advertised by governments, as opposed to popular belief that central powers would prefer to hide this idea. However, governments like to take these matters into their own hands in order to control the extent of societal progress rather than letting the people administer their destiny.

Modernly known as the social welfare system, it’s a government-directed program which supports the lower income levels of society with the basic means of living. The unemployed, disabled, ill, families, and the lazy are typically the main subjects to these social programs. Most of these government-constructed systems do not provide the opportunities necessary to gradually become independent contributing citizens. Those on welfare usually stay on welfare as they are already being provided the bare necessities to survive, so they question why they should even get a job when they can depend on welfare for the rest of their lives.

This is precisely where the system fails; it does not elevate the basic standards of life of society, but it simply holds it down to a bare minimum value necessary to sustain life. This is purposefully done to maintain the labour class of the population and in turn to stabilize the industrial inputs. Although, there are people who require this kind of welfare system – those who are unable to work and progress themselves, such as the elderly, the ill, and in many cases, the disabled. However, this system fails the unemployed, the low-income families, and those who have simply faced extremely harsh chance circumstances. A more effective and morally appropriate welfare system would emphasize opportunities for the socio-economic elevation of those in the system rather than keeping them restricted to a minimal standard.

Such a welfare system would focus on re-education and training, as well as providing employment opportunities in new and developing industries. As well, parents in the welfare system should be provided with accessible child-care programs so that they could put effort and passion into developing themselves. Education and knowledge is the main characteristic that has the capacity to elevate social classes, so it should be imperative that education, re-education, and training are at the core of a welfare system. Considering this, education must be provided without cost to those on welfare – this includes preschool, elementary, secondary, and post-secondary education, and all of which must be provided at a relatively high level.

With so many governments in deficit, the province of Ontario spent almost $18 billion on their social services sector, with over 600 000 cases of families and single adults in 2018. The fact is that if a properly progressive welfare system is implemented, these costs could be enormously reduced, while pushing more people into the labour force and in turn, stimulating the economy.

Such an elevating system would advance qualities of life uniformly. The lower classes would have increased capacities to do work, managers would implement more efficient techniques, and in turn, the owners would profit more and further invest in the industrial cycle. This social strategy will truly advance the individual and the collective alike, to better adapt to constantly changing times. It will balance personal efforts for improvement, collective societal effort, and industrial success while uplifting those who may not be able to provide for themselves and their families. All in all, this restored social elevation system will bring up the less fortunate by ensuring their contribution to society while curbing welfare exploitation.

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