A private-law society has no government safety net. In 2011, the Congressional Research Service found that the federal government had 83 welfare programs that were costing over $1 trillion. Welfare is the largest component of government spending. One trillion dollars is like 50 million people x $20,000 each. Welfare programs actually service 52.2 million people. That’s a lot of people, a lot of money, a lot of government theft, a lot of welfare dependency and a lot of incentive to stay out of work.
In a private-law society in America, these 50-odd million people have to find other means to live and eat. The main means is work. Work gains respect and value in the private-law society as compared with the welfare state. The work ethic makes a comeback. The broader meaning of equality, which is a value that’s used to justify wealth redistribution, takes a licking in the private-law society. There is equality before the law, but other meanings are shorn away.
The second or third largest welfare program is food stamps, now known in bureaucratic language as “Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)”. This “aid” program aids recipients while robbing taxpayers and others. At its peak in 2013, the number of individuals on food stamps was 47.6 million.
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In a private-law society, government does not exist, so that the number of people on food stamps falls to zero (0). Voluntary giving will aid some of these people; the criteria for acceptance will be stiffer than a government program. Many former recipients will be induced to find work. Employers will be induced to create work for people previously out of work, who may be employable at low wage…