Coercion Isn’t Charity.

John Stossel makes a point that is sadly missed by people who think compassion is somehow measured by how much money you forcibly take from Person A to make up for their personal unwillingness to use their own money to help Person B:

…when government takes our money by force and gives it to others, that’s not sharing. And sharing can’t be a basis for production — you can’t share what hasn’t been produced. My point is that production and prosperity require property rights. Property rights associate effort with benefits. Where benefits are unrelated to effort, people do the least amount necessary to get by while taking the most they can get. Economists have a pithy way of summing up this truth: No one washes a rental car.

“No one washes a rental car,” great line. 

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