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Food stamp support tied to hunger

Are you a late-for-lunch liberal? A couple of months ago, we reported on Danish research that found people are more supportive of social-welfare programs just prior to the mid-day meal, compared to just afterward. Hunger, it appears, signals vulnerability, and triggers the realization that we need to help one another.

Well, a new paper by two of authors of the earlier study confirms those findings, while adding a significant caveat. It reports people with low blood glucose levels are, indeed, more supportive of welfare-state programs.

But it also finds that when it comes to the actual allocation of resources, they’re just as greedy as everyone else. When we’re hungry, the “we-are-our-brother’s-keepers” narrative clearly resonates, but that doesn’t seem to translate into actual sharing.

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