|"Bus Stop in the First World", by Tim Holmes|
The fact is that they have always prefer this lifestyle- everywhere they go keeping themselves separated from the masses, who they consider beneath them. I say go ahead and give them that choice, but then take it to its logical conclusion: if you isolate yourself, you are no longer a part of the community and therefor do not get to enjoy the benefits that the rest of us share. The great masses who do the heavy lifting in our society– who carry the water and chop the wood– are the ones who deserve common social benefits, not the few parasites who have figured out how to game the system to enlarge their own private hoard. If the 1% are going to isolate themselves from the social costs we all bare then they should be also isolated from the benefits as well; our other shared spaces, civic, social, cultural, religious, etc. After all, you can't have both the best anti-tax lawyers and still expect to enjoy the best tax-supported social benefits. Those who have made themselves independent– who no longer depend on their community and naturally isolate themselves from it– should not be allowed to suck on the social teat whenever it suits them to not provide for themselves. Choose one or the other!
However, when they've had enough time-out to realize that they would prefer to contribute their share to the community, then they should be welcomed back with no hard feelings. It only seems right. No one is a lost cause forever!