Read Your Social Contract Lately?

Here is a short post on the dangers of hiring only people who are employed:

It’s worth highlighting how important that social contract of taking care of others who are down whether it’s because of circumstance or bad choices. Without an implied and explicit agreement about how to treat each other fairly, respectfully, and compassionately, society is likely to become less effective in whatever it does. Competition is no fun without a spirit of fairness. A marketplace is useless without a healthy, vibrant community that supports it.

I wonder if this is why universal healthcare is so challenging for the United States to grasp. It is an example of a social contract that essentially says, “I’m going to take care of you when you can’t knowing that it may happen to me as well” (see The Truth About Canadian Healthcare). There are plenty of disagreements in trying to build these contracts (as will happen when people get together to do something), but at least there is an underlying belief that we do rely on each other. No human being stands alone even if they delude themselves into thinking it.

2 Replies to “Read Your Social Contract Lately?”

  1. It’s not so much that Americans can’t grasp universal healthcare it’s that powerful business interests are working very hard to block it – they are sowing seeds of misinformation & playing on the the typical knee-jerk scare tactics (socialist plot!) … many of the same tricks used to bury environmental concerns (especially when the two subjects should go hand-in-hand.)

  2. Growing up in Canada over the last thirty years with universal healthcare as a given it’s easy to forget the progress to UH was a tough fight in Canada too.

    When Premier Tommy Douglas campaigned for UH in Saskatchewan (and later nationally as leader of the NDP) he faced a lot of resistance from the status quo (doctors & other private healthcare providers.) UH only came to Canada during a minority government in 1966 (when the Liberals needed the NDP to stay in power – so minority governments can work!) Alberta rejected UH and Premier Ernest Manning (Preston’s father) fought to keep UH out of Alberta & it wasn’t until he left office (1968) that it came to Alberta.

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