The Public Interest

Communications: Income Grants and “Dirty Work” & On the Minimum Wage

Charles M. Lichenstein & Herbert J. Gans

Winter 1967

In his communication (Fall issue), “Against a Negative Income Tax,” Alvin Schorr notes: “The notion of providing a decent income to men who might work calls forth passions in Americans that are never fully explained on rational grounds. One might think that we suffer from a buried desire not to work at all, so bitterly do we regard people who we think are bringing it off.” Schorr is correct, of course, about the passionate opposition to income guarantees, but it is worth looking more closely at the fear behind this passion.

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