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The Journal entry is a response of approximately 500 words to the following prompt.
John Kenneth Galbraith in his 1998 essay “The Position of Poverty” declared that, “an affluent society that is also both compassionate and rational would, no doubt, secure to all who needed it the minimum income essential for decency and comfort.”
- What does this statement suggest about government’s role in the economic well-being of its citizens?
- What are the obligations of the affluent citizens to other members of society who might not be as financially fortunate?

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Galbraith’s statement is, strictly speaking, concerned with how a compassionate, rational affluent society would—and, more importantly, should—stand in relation to those of its members who are not affluent. Specifically, Galbraith sees it as a given that such a society would, “no doubt”, see it as preferable that its impecunious members be provided enough income that they thus have “decency and comfort”, defined in particular ways. Setting aside Galbraith’s rhetorical certainty, it is clear his point is...

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