Working for the IRS Versus Collecting Welfare
Radio Q&A: Sunday, 14 October 2012, Question 2
I answered a question on working for the IRS versus collecting welfare on Philosophy in Action Radio on 14 October 2012. You can listen to or download the podcast segment below – or check out the whole episode.
Is it wrong to accept Social Security disability benefits when I could work? I'm blind. Although I can work, my recent job at the IRS seemed to be so soul-draining and vexing that I determined to look elsewhere for employment. However, jobs are limited right now, and I am not sure what else I want to do at this point. Was it right for me to quit my job before having the next one lined up? In the meantime, is it moral for me to receive Social Security? Have I gone from being a maker to a taker?
My Answer, In Brief: Working for the IRS isn't being a producer, but helping the looters. You should find a productive job, and use disability benefits if you must.
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I'm Dr. Diana Hsieh. I'm a philosopher specializing the application of rational principles to the challenges of real life. I received my Ph.D in philosophy from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 2009. My dissertation defended moral responsibility and moral judgment against the doubts raised by Thomas Nagel's "problem of moral luck."
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