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Argentina Debates Paying Writers a Pension

We want you to note how hard it is to not start this post with Evita lyrics. We won’t do it – we just want you to realize that we could have but we have self-control.

Anyway, Argentina is considering paying authors who have contributed at least five books over the past 20 years a monthly stipend for their service.

Rory Carroll of the Guardian UK reports:

The idea, inspired by similar initiatives in France and Spain, would offer the pension to those who are aged over 65 and have published at least five books or invested more than 20 years in “literary creation”.

“Writers support the general culture of a community. They are individual creators who generate a sort of social richness that is difficult to quantify,” Carlos Heller, a deputy from the socialist party who sponsored the initiative, told the BBC.

These foreigners don’t understand that people will write just for the exposure. They don’t need money.

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