Richard Ebeling emails:
I participated in the October 13, 2015 “Libertarian Angle,” webinar sponsored by the Future of Freedom Foundation, with the Foundation’s president, Jacob G. Hornberger, on the topic: “End the War on Poverty.”
We discuss and dissect the history and the failures of the modern welfare state that, in fact, has been a cause of perpetuated poverty and permanent government-dependency through the spider’s web of “entitlement” programs and redistributive activities.
We also emphasize that the historical escape from poverty for mankind has had its origin in the partial freeing of people from the heavy handed control of government over the last few centuries, which has set free the spirit of entrepreneurship and the incentives for work, savings and investment to make economies grow through greater recognition of individual rights, private property, and market institutions for capital formation that has brought about prosperity for many.
Finally, we talk about the moral dimension how the “war on poverty” undermines the individual’s ability to control his own life, including how best to use the income he as peacefully and honestly earned. This incorporates the normal and healthy sense of benevolence and concern for others that can only be fostered in a free society.