I'm interested in having a constructive dialogue on this topic. I tried starting one on Facebook and within about three posts it devolved hopelessly into ACA-debate-spawned rage (i strongly suspect) about entitlements and how bad socialism is, which is not where i wanted it to go.
obviously this is the tinderbox so it's likely to go there in less than three posts (and maybe i'm foolish for assuming it shouldn't) but i'll give it a shot anyway. but seriously, in a vacuum - not considering any particular country as a case example, and hopefully eschewing current ideological allies as inherent in the answer (in other words, don't come in with repub or dem propaganda plz and thnx) what would you say a civilized society should provide its citizens?
how do you define a civilized society?
what elements are up for consideration as part of one?
if some things are a right at birth, why are not others?
if certain of these elements are provided collectively by a society, why are they given priority over others?
these are just a few pertinent questions; feel free to explore them in as much depth and breadth as you like.