The best intentions…

To articulate a right to a material good, or to the services of another person, is to assert an abolition of property and the slavery of some portion of the population. Even where what is desired for someone in need is of a surplus to its owner, the theft is less of the material good than it is of the labor and industry of the person who owns it and thus, because labor is time and time is life, is still to enslave the owner whose property is confiscated; that portion of his life taken by coersion. The best we can do, collectively, and still respect the Natural Rights of all, individually, is to guarantee that all persons have the opportunity to expend thier own labor, and apply thier own industry, such that they can obtain the basic material needs of food and shelter, and to improve their lives.

When we, collectively, try to enforce welfare, charity, and to seek material equity, we not only commit the crime of enslaving others, but we obviate the nobility of those who, individually, choose freely to give of their largess, by supplying welfare and charity. Charity coerced is no longer charity. Welfare enforced becomes it’s opposite. The road to equity in any matter except treatment under the law is a brother to the path of good intentions.
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