There is no care in the system
How could there be? A bureaucracy cannot care.
The problem is when the bureaucracy is all there is.
The ‘left’ moans about how uncaring the welfare state is. It cannot be otherwise. The problem is when people look to a state organised bureaucracy to provide social care. When this happens all the calls to strengthen the welfare state reduce the possibility of care. This is because such calls always seem to present the welfare state as the sole provider of social solidarity and support. This exclusive focus on state provided care weakens the actual mechanisms which could provide this support – the Church, family and neighbourhood. (The exclusive focus on the state is usually the result of an ideology of ‘equality’. An ideology which sees the Church and the family as patriarchal and patronizing).