Sam’s comment this morning was too good to ignore.
Opposing objections to compulsory government welfare, he argues we must be forced by law to be our brother’s keeper. Why? Because, echoing Obama, “you didn’t build that.”
Here's what you and other Libertarians need to understand [says Sam]: it's all luck! Neither you nor I can take credit for our successes. Maybe you are hard working, but you didn't choose the genes and upbringing that made you hardworking. Maybe you had a crappy upbringing but nevertheless overcame hardship to rise to the top, but you can't take credit for having the genes that made the brain that meant you could do this. Here's a comedian to explain it to you. So show a little more compassion.
Well, there’s nothing wrong with compassion – when it’s voluntary. But is bad luck unjust? does someone’s bad luck give you a duty to help them? Philosopher Diana Hsieh says “no!”