Since the developed western economies have by and large been successful in guaranteeing a job to any new yearly entrant into the job market - in fact today the UK and the Central European Economies like the Czech Republic are complaining about shortage of workforce - the original debate about the right of every able-bodied and able-minded
person to hold a job has either gone on the back burner or simply off the radar.
Looking specifically at the overlap between crip and queer identities, Robert McRuer examines a range of literary, visual, and cultural performances to suggest--as do Kafer and Kim--that these terms "function less as identities and more as processes working to undo the power of able-bodied (and able-minded
) normativity and heteronormativity" (140).
Scott Wallace and I wrote a white paper called Able-Minded
: Return-to-Work and Accommodations for Workers on Disability Leave for Mental Disorders.
This approach also fits with a critically crip approach; McRuer's crip theory (2006) presents disability as an issue in which the sociocultural discourse presents a normative ideal of the compulsory able-bodied, able-minded
neoliberal subject--with the disabled subject as forever unable to meet this ideal.
But I will tell you that I've been very fortunate that I'm able-bodied, I'm able-minded
. I still have my senses about me."
Sian explains the thinking behind the business: "I had worked as a tutor for a number of years and felt that there was a niche in the market for bringing together able-minded
, efficient and enthusiastic tutors with children who were struggling at school and needed a little extra help."
Examples include crop subsidies given to farmers, subsidies of every description given to rent-seeking corporations (such as General Electric), school lunches given to obese children, handouts beyond imagination given to able-bodied and able-minded
slackers, rich pensions given to avaricious public employees, and free medical care given to liars who say they can't afford medical care as they drive expensive cars, gorge on unhealthy food, and mortgage their futures to buy every new gizmo and gadget.
In the country's mad, blind rush to get every able-minded
young person into a university over the last 24 years since Tony Blair's 'Education, Education, Education' speech, horticulture, in all its diverse and fascinating guises, has been pushed close to the bottom of the education pile, along with many other vocational and technical professions.
So before you make that all too common remark "they look able-bodied; they should just get a job," consider that these people may not be able-minded
. Consider that they may have had their promising lives ripped away from them because of one car accident or one slip on an icy sidewalk.
I guess your idea of decency goes much beyond normal because almost every able-minded
person in the world would have the ability to say whether they have dressed inappropriately or not.
In August, any commander-in-chief still able-minded
or uncorrupted or both, Sir, would have invoked the quality the job most requires: mental flexibility.