We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Before that article in Salon, this mother was allowed to believe that her staying off the dole had some honor in itself-- some validation of her identity-- and it allowed her to survive her hardships. Now she is forced to swallow that these people are not merely as good as her, but more valuable-- they get an article, they get defenders like you, they are praised for their intrinsic human value, and all she gets is mocked, belittled, "she's too stupid to know what's good for her!"-- all she can do is comment on their life-- and her small act of rebellion is to at least use the space to tell the world she exists. Rage is her defense that keeps her intact while the world seemingly ignores her.
I think the hipsters must lack creativity if they can't come up with a way to earn some money besides taking food stamps. I've been in between jobs and figured out how to make a go of it. Even up here in Maine where there is not much going on you can always find a way to provide a product or service. I grew up the child of a wealthy lawyer and majored in English Lit at one of the finest schools just like the hipsters in the story. It never occurred to me that money would be difficult to come by back when I was planning my life. I was very naive. I had 4 children instead of building a career. (No regrets). Anyway, I just spent the summer cleaning vacation houses, (vacuuming is neither difficult nor unpleasant) and there are so many older people near us that really need the help and appreciate it. Some of my cleaning customers have become favorite friends and acquaintances. I have better prospects now, but whenever I see someone bemoaning the lack of jobs I know that there really are options if they want to work. They need to invent a job, not wait for someone to provide them one.