How deserving are the poor? Debate wrap-up

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February 9, 2012
EconLog
by Bryan Caplan  
Posted in Commentary

"Laziness, unlike blindness, responds to sufficiently extreme incentives, and something can only respond to incentives if you are able to do otherwise. Consequentialists naturally tend to misinterpret this statement as saying, 'We should punish laziness in order to reduce laziness.' But my point is about philosophy of mind, not policy. The responsiveness of laziness to incentives shows that being lazy is a choice." (02/09/12)

http://econlog.econlib.org/archives/2012/02/how_deserving_a_1.html  

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