Notes From Babel

Where is the stopping point between safety nets and statism?

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From a 2004 Reason article shared by Jonathan Chait today:

"Americans don’t want to see their neighbor dying bleeding in the street," [Mark Pauly] says. "Therefore we already make sure that everyone gets some medical care when they need it. . . .”

This might be true.  I’ve mentioned that I probably have to agree that we need a safety net when it comes to health insurance.  But let’s not pretend that liberals want to stop with just preventing their neighbors from dying bleeding in the street.  They also insist on legislation to prevent their neighbors from being hungry, fat, underpaid, overpaid, jobless, overworked, pensionless, discontent, demoralized, bored, underutilized, untrained, unskilled, feckless, useless, or otherwise pitiable for whatever reason.  When the haplessness of man has become the universal incitement to political action, there can be no end to the work of an energetic and meddlesome state. 

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Written by Tim Kowal

March 4, 2011 at 12:35 am

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  1. […] from Tim Kowal: [L]et’s not pretend that liberals want to stop with just preventing their neighbors from dying […]

  2. […] Tim Kowal: [L]et’s not pretend that liberals want to stop with just preventing their neighbors from dying bleeding in the street. They also insist on legislation to prevent their neighbors from being hungry, fat, underpaid, overpaid, jobless, overworked, pensionless, discontent, demoralized, bored, underutilized, untrained, unskilled, feckless, useless, or otherwise pitiable for whatever reason. When the haplessness of man has become the universal incitement to political action, there can be no end to the work of an energetic and meddlesome state. […]

    House of Eratosthenes

    March 6, 2011 at 7:08 pm


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