Welfare is the forcible transfer of wealth by the government from those who produced the wealth to other individuals who “need” that wealth.

Unlike private charity which is voluntary, government welfare is involuntary. Welfare is the forcible transfer of wealth by the government from those who produced the wealth to those who consume that wealth.

The justification for this expropriation is that those who are receiving the government handouts have a “need”, and those who do not voluntarily give their wealth are committing the sin of “greed.” At the root of the claim that the creators of wealth owe the non-creators is the ethical code of altruism — self-sacrifice for others. In Marxist lingo, this means that wealth is plundered “from each according to his ability” and distributed “to each according to his needs.” The producer has the ability, i.e., “greed”—the welfare recipient has a need—the inalienable rights of the producer be damned.

Welfare renders the producers slaves and the “humanitarian” middle-men as their masters. Whether the thief is wearing a ski mask or is a dressed in a pinstripe suit with the letters IRS labeled on it, does not change the nature of their actions in principle: both are looters as both are initiators of force. With one exception, the man wearing the ski mask is more honest: he is not a big enough hypocrite to tell the citizen he is robbing him of his hard-earned wealth “for his good,” or “for the good of the people.”

 

Recommend Reading:

Rooseveltcare: How Social Security is Sabotaging the Land of Self-Reliance by Don Watkins
This elegantly written book, explains how the entitlement-welfare state is destroying our hope for the future. The definitive case for gradually abolishing social security and the welfare state.