|The Grapes of Wrath
Subsidies are payments, economic concessions, or privileges given by the
government to favor businesses or consumers. In the 1930s, subsidies were
designed to favor agriculture. John Steinbeck expressed his dislike of the farm subsidy
system of the United States in his book, The Grapes of Wrath. In that book, the
government gave money to farms so that they would grow and sell a certain amount of crops.
As a result, Steinbeck argued, many people starved unnecessarily. Steinbeck examined
farm subsidies from a personal level, showing how they hurt the common man. Subsidies have
a variety of other problems, both on the micro and macro level, that should not be
ignored. Despite their benefits, farm subsidies are an inefficient and dysfunctional part of
our economic system.
The problems of the American farmer arose in the 1920s, and various
methods were introduced to help solve them. The United States still disagrees on
how to s...