Abbott and Hockey: both grotesque and insulting, telling starving people to eat less

The Australian Independent Media Network

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To recommend thrift to the poor is both grotesque and insulting. It is like advising a man who is starving to eat less.
Oscar Wilde (1891) – The Soul Of Man Under Socialism

This graphic I made in February last year has been getting a lot of attention on twitter recently. So I thought I would put this quote into its proper context. The Wilde quote is from an essay he wrote The Soul Of Man Under Socialism in 1891.

The virtues of the poor may be readily admitted, and are much to be regretted. We are often told that the poor are grateful for charity. Some of them are, no doubt, but the best amongst the poor are never grateful. They are ungrateful, discontented, disobedient, and rebellious. They are quite right to be so. Charity they feel to be a ridiculously inadequate mode of partial restitution, or a sentimental…

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