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  •  that's not what entitlement is supposed to mean (1+ / 0-)
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    jamess

    In its original meaning, it's having titles.

    No title of nobility shall be granted by the United States: and no person holding any office of profit or trust under them, shall, without the consent of the Congress, accept of any present, emolument, office, or title, of any kind whatever, from any king, prince, or foreign state.

    Some entitlements come with rights to land (and the labor power of the peasants on that land).  Thus, entitlement has come to mean something unearned, and a sense of entitlement means that you think you have a right to someone else's labor power due to a title.  Aristocrats have a sense of entitlement.

    Calling social security an entitlement is one way that the right tries to destroy the parts of language that are against them.  They want to confuse us by taking our sense of moral outrage at aristocrats and turning it against ourselves.  In reality, the CEOs and the jackass playboys with trust funds are entitled, and the people drawing social security checks after a lifetime of paying into the system aren't.

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