Welfare

Elon Musk’s Universal High Income vs. Universal Basic Income?

Elon Musk claim that humanity is headed for “universal high income” instead of UBI is possible to the extent that peace, easy taxes, and a tolerable administration of justice prevail. That means reducing the power of the state rather than extending it with UBI or other collectivist social experiments.

The High Cost of Liberalism: Part III

The High Cost of Liberalism: Part III

“Poverty” is in the eye of the statisticians — more specifically, the government statisticians who define what constitutes “poverty,” and who are unlikely to define it in ways that might jeopardize the massive welfare state that they are part of.

Corporate Welfare is Immoral

Corporate Welfare is Immoral

In its recently released budget the Canadian (Conservative!) government announced $6.4 billion of new corporate welfare spending. The aerospace sector will receive $1.2 billion of it over the next five years, Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario...

What About the Poor?

A common question, when discussing capitalism, is: What about the poor? In other words, won’t the poor be helpless and hopeless in a capitalist society? The premise underlying such questions is altruism. According to altruism, we have a moral duty to serve others....

The Founders and the “General Welfare”

The Founders and the “General Welfare”

The Constitution limits the powers of the Federal government. However, even a perfect document cannot stand up to philosophical evasion and corruption. Without the proper moral base, the principles of the Constitution could not be defended, much less kept alive. To...

What About The Poor?

A common question, when discussing capitalism, is: What about the poor? In other words, won’t the poor be helpless and hopeless in a capitalist society? The premise underlying such questions is altruism. According to altruism, we have a moral duty to serve others....

Socialism and the Meaning of Investment by Government

Government makes ‘investments’ in us that we can’t refuse. Many, including me, have identified the socialist premises in President Obama’s remarks on July 13 in Roanoke, VA. But are Obama’s actual policies as socialist as his socialist rhetoric? The answer is yes, but...

Why the Neediest Are Also the Greediest

A reader asked: Why is it that the people who are the most UNAPPRECIATIVE are also the ones who want EVERYTHING? Great question! The answer is: The neediest are the greediest. Actually, "greed" is not always bad. Greed can mean a zest for life, an ambition to create...

A Beggar Society is Not a Great Society

In a work of historical fiction, one of the characters wrote to another about the leaders of the Communist-socialist revolution in Russia. "Their leaders were committed to peace; they had promised peace and plenty to their peasant followers, and it would likely be...

Republican Allen West and the Redistribution State

Republican Rep. Allen West decried government "handouts" as the worst form of modern "slavery" during a recent speech to Congress. In modern times, West said, this has meant fighting to prevent black Americans "from being trapped in a permanent underclass through...

No Sherman March for the Welfare State

No Sherman March for the Welfare State

Just as an individual needs a reality-oriented form of psychotherapy, a nation or a culture needs a reality-based set of solutions to get out of any mess it finds itself in.Consider a bit of history. General William T. Sherman turned the tide of the Civil War, by his...

Wisconsin's Paul Ryan Takes on the Welfare State

Wisconsin's Paul Ryan Takes on the Welfare State

Of all the new faces in the new House of Representatives, the only one -- so far -- to not speak the Republican dialect of "Washingtonspeak" is Paul Ryan, of Wisconsin. Ryan has been in Congress for a decade, but he’s about to become a lot more influential. Ryan...

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