This post was mostly inspired by yesterday’s Free Talk Live which mentioned Social Security.
Many years ago, I naively and mistakenly believed the anti-Ayn Rand propaganda that she was heartless and that she thought every unfortunate poor person was an immoral looter, taker, and parasite.
I was so surprised when I finally learned enough about Ayn Rand to find out that she believed that anyone who opposes coercive welfare statism is morally entitled to accept welfare-state handouts as partial restitution!
Quoted from the above essay, “The Question of Scholarships” by Ayn Rand:
Another interesting page:
Quoted from the above:
Perhaps most people on Social Security or welfare are actually so moral that, if we asked them the right questions, we would find out they sincerely agree that stealing is wrong, and that taxes should be abolished, and that they’d rather have handouts that were funded by voluntary means, rather than by any form of coercion such as taxes.
Perhaps even Sarah from New Mexico? Sometimes she actually seems quite nice. If I recall correctly, there was a Free Talk Live a while ago in which she mentioned she paid $500 to a charity to try to protect young homeless girls from ending up as prostitutes.
Taxes such as sales taxes, involuntary payments to Social Security, and so on do probably more tangible harm to the poor than to any other category of people, so it would make sense even for poor people to support liberty activism, anti-taxation, and the idea of things like Social Security and welfare being funded in purely voluntary ways.
As someone who detests coercive welfare statism but also cares about the poor, I’m delighted that Ayn Rand would regard even the most shameless handout-taker as perfectly morally justified in accepting all their handouts as partial restitution, as long as that handout-taker sincerely opposes coercive welfare statism.