^It's funny--I actually wrote this tale in bits and pieces. Much of the big scenes between Cynthia and Julian were actually written last fall, but I didn't fill in all the blanks until recently. Thus, much of this tale was written before ZSG came out...but when it did, I decided to sort of "mold" my tale into something of a prequel.
The scene you just read was written pretty late--a month or so ago. Julian's thoughts here is, frankly, one of two big examples of the "molding". The other one will show up near the end.
"The saying implies but does not name the effective agency of its supposed utopia.... 'Needs and abilities' are, of course, subjective. So the operative statement may be reduced to 'the State shall take, the State shall give'."