Welfare – Busta Troll Best

TheGrandmaster Busta Troll

Where do you people live?..,I suppose whatever country or planet you reside on gives money to people for no reason so they can sit around, buy new iPhones and increase their income by having more children, but here in the United States of America a great President named William Jefferson Clinton ended that in 1996… Before then the program called …

Rebuttal to Friedman concerning government doing nothing

TheGrandmaster Seven Bad Ideas

Friedman had little sense of the historical importance of collective action, especially that undertaken through formal governance of some kind. As he wrote, The great advances of civilization, whether in architecture or painting, in science or literature, in industry or agriculture, have never come from centralized government. Columbus did not set out to seek a new route to China in …

Freedom, Social Forces, Positive Freedom, and Role of Government

TheGrandmaster Anti-Libertarian Philosophy, Government is Good

In his book, The Freedom Revolution, former House Majority Leader Dick Armey defines freedom as “the ability and responsibility to control one’s own destiny.”10 There is much truth to this, but he is mistaken when he also maintains that we can best assert that control when government leaves us alone and stays out of the private sector. He forgets that …

You paid more for one company’s welfare than for all of TANF for 16 years.

TheGrandmaster The Price of Inequality

But during the 2008 crisis, corporate welfare reached new heights. In the great bailout of the Great Recession, one corporation alone, AIG, got more than $150 billion—more than was spent on welfare to the poor from 1990 to 2006.68 Location 3770 The U.S. federal government spent about $140 billion on its Temporary Assistance to Needy Families and Assistance and Aid …

Liberal Conception of Government

TheGrandmaster Anti-Libertarian Philosophy, First Line of Defenses, The Price of Inequality

Opponents of regulation always complain that it’s bad for business. Regulations that prevent pollution, of course, are bad for businesses that would have otherwise polluted. Regulations that prevent child labor are bad for businesses that would have exploited children. Regulations that prevent American companies from engaging in bribery or abuses of human rights may be bad for businesses that engage …

The Great Contributions of Government

TheGrandmaster Anti-Libertarian Philosophy, The Price of Inequality

Of course, not every government effort is successful, or as successful as its advocates would have liked. Indeed, when the government undertakes research (or supports new private-sector ventures), there should be some failures. A lack of failures means you are not taking enough risks. Success occurs when the returns from those projects that succeed are more than enough to offset …

Government Contributions to Health and Electronics

TheGrandmaster American Amnesia, Anti-Libertarian Philosophy, First Line of Defenses

The fruits of these early and extensive investments are countless. The MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) emerged from a series of National Science Foundation grants starting in the mid-1950s. The laser, also vital to medical practice as well as consumer electronics and much else, grew out of military-funded research.55 In drug development, a 1995 investigation by researchers at the Massachusetts Institute …

Beautiful defense of the poor in America

TheGrandmaster Under the Affluence

If anything, to be poor in a rich country, where one’s worth is sadly too often presumed to be linked to one’s possessions (unlike in a poor country, where people still know better) is to foster a particularly debilitating kind of relative deprivation. To be poor in a place where success is synonymous with being rich and famous increasingly means …

Libertarians, Anarchists, and “Freedom”

TheGrandmaster Anti-Libertarian Philosophy, People's writings

Throughout history, Liberty has been a concept based on rights, rather than on freedom. Rights are a type of freedom, but not the only type of freedom. Rights are freedoms that carry with them responsibilities to others in the community. At the very least, a right carries with it the responsibility to respect the same right for others. Liberty is based on this …

Contribution and Wealth

TheGrandmaster The Price of Inequality

By looking at those at the top of the wealth distribution, we can get a feel for the nature of this aspect of America’s inequality. Few are inventors who have reshaped technology, or scientists who have reshaped our understandings of the laws of nature. Think of Alan Turing, whose genius provided the mathematics underlying the modern computer. Or of Einstein. …

WABTT – Redistribution

TheGrandmaster We Are Better Than This

As a practical matter, investment in complementary collective goods or collective insurance programs requires the mechanism of state coercion to take from the rich and invest in—not give to—the rest of America, in ways that ultimately redound to everyone’s benefit. In modern political discourse, this notion that we collectively should make highly productive investments in those without the resources to …

Unmet Needs in a Market System 1

TheGrandmaster Government is Good

For example, consider the different ways that markets and governments respond in the aftermath of a disaster like an earthquake or flood. Governments and charities rush in with aid to those suffering in the affected areas – a moral response. But the natural response of economic markets is to price gouge. The shortages of such things as food, water, ice, …

Hobson’s choice

TheGrandmaster People's writings

Choice is only meaningful when there are viable options available. The choice between doing whatever I say or dying doesn’t tell you anything about the person’s preferences. It just tells you people try to survive and avoid death. The Conservative ideal of presenting a person with a “take it or leave it” fork and then transmuting this into “He chose …

Social Safety Net – Real Cost

TheGrandmaster We Are Better Than This

The federal government’s income security programs include the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (formerly food stamps), Supplemental Security Income, unemployment insurance, the earned income and child tax credits, family support, child nutrition, foster care, and miscellaneous tax credits.4 Impressive though this list may sound, our government’s total outlays for all of these programs combined is much smaller than many observers realize. …

Private Power is just as bad – Classic

TheGrandmaster Anti-Libertarian Philosophy, First Line of Defenses, Freedom Reclaimed

Government is not simply the way we express ourselves collectively but also often the only way we preserve our freedom from private power and its incursions. As noted earlier, individual liberty means that a person is protected from unwarranted outside interference-not only governmental interference but also the wrongful interference of anyone in our lives, whether it be a corporation, or …

PreTex Income and Infrastrcture – the best one

TheGrandmaster Anti-Libertarian Philosophy, First Line of Defenses, The Libertarian Illusion

The ability that any of us have to earn income and acquire wealth depends only partly on our own individual efforts. It relies as well on  the operation of political, economic, and social institutions that make it possible for any of us to “earn a living.” The market system itself is a social construct that could not exist without the structure …

WABTT – Progressive Values

TheGrandmaster We Are Better Than This

First, the movement allowed conservatives to corner the market in encomia for the virtues of thrift, hard work, and personal responsibility. Progressives also embrace these virtues—they just are sensible enough to see the pervasive role that luck plays in actual outcomes. Because outcomes are uncertain, the collective purchase of reasonable levels of social insurance promotes socially useful risk-taking and enhances …

Cost of Rights – Democratic Policies pay for themselves

TheGrandmaster Cost of Rights, First Line of Defenses

Unlike social costs, “net costs” (and benefits) cannot be temporarily put to one side. Some rights, although costly up front, increase taxable social wealth to such an extent that they can reasonably be considered self-financing. The right to private property is an obvious example. The right to education is another. Even protecting women from domestic violence may be viewed in …

Cost of Rights – Value of Liberty

TheGrandmaster Cost of Rights, First Line of Defenses

Philosophers also distinguish between liberty and the value of liberty. Liberty has little value if those who ostensibly possess it lack the resources to make their rights effective. Freedom to hire a lawyer means little if all lawyers charge fees, if the state will not help, and if you have no money. The right to private property, an important part …

Cost of Rights – Level 10

TheGrandmaster Cost of Rights, First Line of Defenses

In practice, rights become more than mere declarations only if they confer power on bodies whose decisions are legally binding (as the moral rights announced in the United Nations Declaration of Human Rights of 1948, for example, do not). As a general rule, unfortunate individuals who do not live under a government capable of taxing and delivering an effective remedy …

Libertarianism and Taxation – Fundamental

TheGrandmaster First Line of Defenses, People's writings

We are said to deserve the fruits of our labor, and why and certainly to what extent do we owe our labor to others? It stumps so many people because it is a very clever framing trick. His entire premise presupposes the myth of “Pre-tax income.” If people deserve the money their labor earned, would it not be the case …

MTO 13 – The benefit principle

TheGrandmaster Anti-Libertarian Philosophy, First Line of Defenses, Myth of Ownership

It seems clear that a tax burden that is matched by an equivalent transfer is not, in the relevant sense, a burden at all. But the problem would not be solved even if all money transfers were included in the burden tables. That too would be arbitrary, so long as we excluded in-kind benefits such as roads, schools, and police, not …

The Virtues of Taxation

TheGrandmaster Anti-Libertarian Philosophy, First Line of Defenses, People's writings

Charles has decided that it’s not his responsibility, nor is it right for him, to pay his taxes. In an effort to help him out, I’m looking to raise money to help him pay his taxes for him. God bless him and his fight against imagined tyranny. Your generous donation will go to helping young children actually get the chance …

Private Property – In the real world, things belong to people who have the power to take them.

TheGrandmaster Anti-Libertarian Philosophy, First Line of Defenses

Isn’t all property private? No. In the real world, things belong to people who have the power to take them, unless there is a power that guarantees other people won’t take them. And so usually, private property depends on the existence of government power, that is to say, a power that is able to protect private property from those who …

TheGrandmaster Economics without Illusions, First Line of Defenses

Since imposing punishment is costly, an enforcement agency is going to require resources. Yet it cannot rely upon voluntary contracting or donation in order to secure them, simply because any such system is going to be vulnerable to free rider problems. Even if everyone benefits from having the police around to protect private property or to enforce contracts, each individual …

TheGrandmaster Cost of Rights, First Line of Defenses

An effective liberal government, designed to repress force and fraud, must avoid arbitrary and authoritarian tactics . Those who wield the tools of coercion must be institutionally disciplined into using it for public, not private, purposes. Ideally conceived, a liberal government extracts resources from society fairly and efficiently and redeploys them skillfully and responsibly to produce socially useful public goods …