Food Stamps (Democracy 3) June 30, 2013 cliffski I can’t decide what effect a food stamps policy like this: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Supplemental_Nutrition_Assistance_Program Should have on the happiness of socialists. Which of these sounds like a socialist view on the issue: “Food stamps are awesome, as they are, by definition a redistribution of wealth, and reduce poverty and thus are something socialists want” or “Food stamps are teh evil, because they merely paper over the cracks caused by low wages and a regressive tax system. They patronize the poor in the manner of soup kitchens, rather than providing them with worthwhile jobs”. I just can’t decide. I’m in the UK, where we don’t have this policy, and I’m not used to hearing the debate. What do you think?