Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Is the Starving Man Free? (Ben O'Neill)

Ben O'Neill says the nonaggression principle by implication applies to everyone:

Modern "liberals" who advocate the view that government should provide us with the necessities or alleged necessities of life rarely appreciate that this assistance rests on a system of mass robbery and enslavement that is highly inimical to their professed belief in liberty. In fact, the advocates of such policies present them in quite the opposite light, as enhancing our liberty.

This contention rests on the conceptual claim that liberty requires certain of our most basic needs to be satisfied, if necessary by the actions of others. Adherents of this view assert that "the starving man is not free" and that he must be guaranteed his freedom from famine and other hardships by the benevolent welfare state.

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