Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Social Security: A Right or a Privilege

Over on HNN, Eric Laursen, "an independent journalist and longtime anarchist activist, writer, and organizer," has published an appreciative write-up of Legal History Blogger Karen Tani's recent article in the Yale Law Journal, Welfare and Rights Before the Movement: Rights as a Language of the State. Lausen's post commences:
How did it come about that people have a “right” to certain benefits from the state -- or “entitlement,” in the loaded language of our day? A fascinating new paper by legal scholar Karen N. Tani argues that the idea of “welfare rights” first became commonplace not amongst activists in the 1960s, but with a group of mid-level Roosevelt administration officials who in the late 1930s were trying to get an ambitious new state-federal assortment of anti-poverty programs off the ground.