JK Rowling's Welfare Payments
Webcast Q&A: Sunday, 7 August 2011, Question 2
In the live broadcast of Philosophy in Action Radio on 7 August 2011, I answered a question on jk rowling's welfare payments.
Should JK Rowling repay the British government for welfare payments made to her? She famously wrote the first Harry Potter novel while "on the dole." She has been fabulously successful since then, but she likely could not have written that first book without state support. Should she now pay back all the government welfare paid to her during that period?
My Answer, In Brief: JK Rowling has has no obligation to repay the welfare payments made to her, because already repaid them millions of times over. The same is true for any now-productive person formerly on welfare.
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