I’m not sure this is fully the intention of my personal finance textbook, but one of the things I’m most enjoying about studying economics outside of just a historical context is that the mechanisms of injustice are finally starting to click for me.
I mean, I understand that institutional injustices exist already, but I’m finally also starting to understand not just that they happen, but how they happen. Like, in the extract in the picture, how people with existences different from the assumed default are penalised in old age. Or conversations I’ve had on twitter recently of how Job Seeker’s Allowance enforces financial dependence on your partner, by withholding money if you live with someone who’s employed. (Unless that someone is your parents, bizarrely. Not that I’m unappreciative, but I needed it more when I was living with my partner, to be honest.)
I’m aware I probably sound very naive in this post, but I’m learning, still, to see critically. And un-learning the bullshit.