In her "near-futuristic" novel, she writes:
The state starts moving money around. A little fairness here, little more fairness there. . . .
Eventually social democracies all arrive at the same tipping point: where half the country depends on the other half. . . . Government becomes a pricey, clumsy, inefficient mechanism for transferring wealth from people who do something to people who don’t, and from the young to the old — which is the wrong direction. All that effort, and you’ve only managed a new unfairness.
Slouching into Dystopia - A wry squint into our grim future
Read more at: http://www.nationalreview.com/article/445502/lionel-shriver-dystopian-novel-the-mandibles