Monday, April 22

A Victorian Solution to an Enduring Problem

Although far from comprehensive, this short piece from the current issue of Philanthropy says (sort of) what I have been saying to anyone who will listen (a rapidly shrinking group) for a while now. Specifically, that government welfare programs are not only unnecessarily coercive (giving beggars a license to pick my pocket every April 15th instead of letting me give freely throughout the year to charities that I think are effective) but also inferior to most traditional charitable organizations, which the governments here in the US and in Britain actively tried to crush in the early part of the last century.