The “Dignity of Work,” its Racist Roots, and How it’s Threatening Reform

The “Dignity of Work,” its Racist Roots, and How it’s Threatening Reform

“Dignity of work” rhetoric has long been used to justify conditioning welfare assistance and tax relief on engagement in wage labor. The argument goes: “[w]ork is good, more of it is better and policy should be a conveyor belt from the moral torpor of idleness to...