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Catholics, Libertarians, and Coerced Charity, great post at FFF.ORG

Libertarian JesusOne of my favorite organizations and great website: The Future of Freedom Foundation.

Check out this article by FFF founder Jacob Hornberger:

Catholics, Libertarians, and Coerced Charity

 

Taxpayers as Good Samaritans? Not really.

What has the modern welfare state to do with charity? Almost nothing. The system seems almost designed to eliminate virtue, kindness or gratitude. The taxpayer gives not through the love of his neighbor, but through fear of the government. Charity is replaced with indignation, so that when confronted with other’s needs, we may ask–like Scrooge in “A Christmas Carol”–“Are there no poorhouses?”

Government welfare destroys charity

There is no virtue in having government take one man’s money by the threat of force and giving it to another. The taxpayer does nothing virtuous, except yield to overwhelming state power. As government welfare replaces charity, it becomes easy and natural to turn away from the poor and leave charity to the government. Government destroys our capacity for generosity. Like Ebenezer Scrooge in A Christmas Carol we may indignantly ask: “Are there no poorhouses?”

In the letter of James, we read, “If a brother or sister is ill-clad and in lack of daily food, and one of you says to them, ‘Go in peace, be warmed and filled,’ without giving them the things needed for the body, what does it profit?” The modern state makes it even easier for us today to ignore the needy, for we can always dismiss them, saying: “Go to the government, be warmed and filled.”

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