Monday, September 19, 2011

The entitlement state is morally bankrupt

There is an excellent new article in Forbes that examines not just the financial bankruptcy and false premises of entitlement programs, but the morality of demanding that other people live for your sake, effectively making them your slaves through government force.

To quote the article:
The basic principle behind the entitlement state is that a person’s need entitles him to other people’s wealth. It’s that you have a duty to spend some irreplaceable part of your life laboring, not for the sake of your own life and happiness, but for the sake of others. If you are productive and self-supporting, then according to the entitlement state, you are in hock to those who aren’t. In Marx’s memorable phrase: “From each according to his ability, to each according to his needs.”

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