Welfare State

Greece's Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras attends an emergency Parliament session for the government’s proposed referendum in Athens on Saturday, June 27, 2015. Germany's vice chancellor says that a Greek referendum on the bailout talks could in principle make sense, but notes that it should be clear to voters what they will be deciding on.(AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)5

Open Letter to Alexis Tsipras

Greece has no future, so long as it clings to the euro. The dollar won’t servce you much better. A drachma will only harm the Greek people. That leaves one other option.

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How the Unemployed Spend Their Days

If you’re presently working 40 or more hours a week, and are possibly part of the population paying taxes to the federal government, you might want to think about where those tax dollars are actually going — and what the people obtaining those tax dollars are quite often doing (or not doing) with their time.

Poverty

Left free, the market will provide the greatest benefit to workers, employers and consumers, while allowing charity as well.

Poverty and Snow Storms

Many young people in poverty today not only do not seem to know the way, but have many other people leading them off in other directions.

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.

Totalitarian-by-Proxy: Sarah Conly’s “Against Autonomy: Justifying Coercive Paternalism?”

The stereotypical image of an ambitious tyrant is of Adolf Hitler haranguing crowds of rapt Germans, or of machismo-obsessed Benito Mussolini addressing his adoring audiences in a belligerent, hands-on-hips, jutting jaw pose. To their sole credit, they could deliver their calls to totalitarianism without the benefit of Teleprompters. Then we have the less hysterical, snooze-inducing […]

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. According to altruism, we have an obligation to help those in need. […]

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