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HAT FORUM Sat July 9, 11am - 1pm "Economic Dependency"

HAT FORUM: Sat July 9,  OISE 252 Bloor Street W, Room TBD
TIME:  11am - 1pm Are Government Social Assistance Programs to Aboriginal and Welfare Moderator:  Marilyn Miller
Topic:  Groups, Provincial Transfer Payments, Corporate Bailouts and Foreign Aid Creating Economic Dependency Traps for Recipients?

Moderator:  Marilyn Miller
Calvin Helin, a native American author, lawyer, and international businessman has analyzed economic dependency patterns across native, ethnic, social class, business, and national and international government entities published in two recent books, The Dance of Dependency, 2008, and The Economic Dependency Trap:  Breaking Free to Self Reliance, 2011. 

 “The dependency mindset has become deeply ingrained in generations of cultures that have been dependent on welfare, such as inner-city African Americans, Latinos, and poor southern whites and the people of western Ireland as well as East Germany’s formerly communist population and people through the African continent.”

 “The fallout, in terms of social pathology and dysfunctional attitudes throughout the world, is surprisingly similar to that experienced by indigenous people exposed to enforced dependency as a result of government policy.” “In regard to the indigenous people of North America, welfare has spawned an artificial environment that has led to a dependency mindset over many generations” in contrast to their earlier culture of self-reliance and interdependent family and tribal cooperation.

  1. If a dependency mindset can result under conditions of external social economic support, can this also be a problem for adult children raised in middle-class and wealthy families “affluenza”?
  1. Is there a greater problem facing modern society that welfare reliance has become the preferred lifestyle for many families socialized into this way of life?
  1. Since more money  given to people on social assistance does not break the poverty cycle, in large part due to reinforced dependency, would the same amount of money invested in sending welfare recipients to college, university, and trade schools  to acquire marketable skills, confidence and self respect be more successful?

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The Humanist Forum meets Saturday morning 11am-1pm.
The Monthly Meeting, is usually the second Saturday at 1:30pm; specifics should be found on this blog.
The Steering Committee meets the first Wednesday of each month, at 7pm.
The Book Group usually meets on the first Saturday afternoon of the month.