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Well Done and Balanced Treatment of our Mooching Culture
on February 11, 2012
When I picked up this book I was afraid it was going to be a tirade against what we traditionally think of as the welfare state - aid to the poor. However, I was pleasantly surprised by Sykes's book. Yes, he does address the traditional welfare underclass in the first part of the book, but the vast majority of the book and its major argument is that a mooching culture is becoming entrenched in every economic class. He seems particularly upset with the mooching of corporations and the middle and upper classes.
The front jacket contains this description: "Sykes's argument is not against compassion or legitimate charity, but distinguishes between definable needs and the moocher culture, in which self-reliance and personal responsibility have given way to mass grasping after entitlements, tax breaks, benefits, bailouts, and other forms of feeding at the public trough. Persuasively argued and wryly entertaining, 'A Nation of Moochers' is a rallying cry for Americans who are tired of playing by the rules and paying for those who don't."
In many ways this is a very disturbing book. Yes, I was basically aware that some of this was going on but I really had no idea to what extent. The examples and trends described in this book are enough to make anyone reel, from progressives to conservatives to libertarians. It made me sick reading it.
This is a quick and easy read but delivers a punch to the stomach if you care about responsibility and justice. I don't see how anyone from any political persuasion can support this nonsense.
This book is 270 pages of text but it reads quickly and easily. Highly recommended.