Single Idea 23377

[catalogued under 24. Political Theory / B. Nature of a State / 4. Citizenship]

Full Idea

According to the New Right, to promote active citizenship-for-all or entitlements, we must focus instead on people's responsibility to earn a living.

Gist of Idea

The right wing sees citizenship in terms of responsibility to earn a living, rather than rights


Will Kymlicka (Contemporary Political Philosophy (2nd edn) [2002], 7)

Book Reference

Kymlicka,Will: 'Contemporary Political Philosophy (2nd ed)' [OUP 2002], p.304

A Reaction

Every creature has to earn a living, but one method is to successfully sponge off others. A cushy job is a sort of sponging. An excessively well paid job is a sort of sponging. Citizenship must involve responsibilities of some sort.