‘A Productive member of society’

Basically, shit happens, and you are powerless in the face of global economic systems and, for lack of a better word, fortune.

The social model of disability is correct. However, for those of us who are chronically ill and in pain, it is Medical research that has the greatest potential to change our lives. Sure, there are things that will make my life easier (decent voice activation software – which I can’t afford, better chairs in public places, an enforced ban on smoking). However, the pain will still be there, my asthma will still be there, it is a matter of degrees.

The effect of chronic pain and illness on our society is always measured in dollars. That is the system we are ruled by. Governments are always focused on turning us into “productive members of society” but seriously, fuck that, this should NOT be the goal. 

We are told in insidious Centrelink advertising that those of us on disability pensions need to get a job because it will “give us a sense of self worth”. THIS is the whole problem in a nutshell. We are told, that if we do not participate in labour, that we are useless, that we are bad people, that we are “bludgers”, “scabs”, “layabouts”, “A waste on the tax payer’s purse”, and “burdens”. This is ideology, this is capitalism.


2 thoughts on “‘A Productive member of society’

  1. Michaela Tschudi February 22, 2015 / 12:25 pm

    Have you read any of Havi Carel? She’s a philosopher I read who has written a bit about living with chronic illness. I think she’s based in the UK. Worth checking her out.

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    • Bronwyn Rigby February 22, 2015 / 3:37 pm

      I will look her up, thanks!


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