Parasitism (social offense)  

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Social parasitism is a pejorative that is leveled against a group or class which is considered to be detrimental to society, by analogy with biologic parasitism.


Depending on point of view, a social parasite may be one of several classes:

Socialists have described members of the upper classes as economic parasites. The lyrics of the socialist anthem "The Internationale" include a reference to parasites.

A Capitalist would consider a social parasite to be someone who is unwilling or, due to lack of demanded skills, unable to provide useful services or be otherwise a productive member of society, and survives entirely off handouts.

The German Nazis viewed "races without homeland" as "parasitic races" or "Untermensch" to be eliminated. These included Romani people (sometimes called Gypsies) and Jews.

Soviet Union

In the Soviet Union, which declared itself a workers' state, every adult able-bodied person was expected to work until official retirement. Thus unemployment was officially and theoretically eliminated. Those who refused to work, study or serve in another way risked being criminally charged with social parasitism (Template:Lang-ru). In 1961, 130,000 people were identified as leading the "anti-social, parasitic way of life" in the Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic. Charges of parasitism were frequently applied to dissidents and refuseniks, many of whom were intellectuals. Since their writings were considered against the regime, the state prevented them from obtaining employment. To avoid trials for parasitism, many of them took unskilled (but not especially time-consuming) jobs (street sweepers, fire-keepers, etc.), which allowed them to continue their other pursuits.

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