Do We Care If The Poor Don't Work?
...Incentive is the mother of achievement, for almost all people. Remove the incentive, you destroy the potential greatness of the individual, and the future society that depends on such individuals, right in the cradle.
Finally there is the implicit insult in Douthat's assertion. The best way for me to elucidate this insult is to ask a question.
Faced with choosing between work, or being perpetual state-financed layabouts, what do you think Mr. Douthat would encourage his own children to do?...