“It’s amazing to me how many people think that voting to have the government give poor people money is compassion. Helping poor and suffering people is compassion. Voting for our government to use guns to give money to help poor and suffering people is immoral self-righteous bullying laziness.
People need to be fed, medicated, educated, clothed, and sheltered, and if we’re compassionate we’ll help them, but you get no moral credit for forcing other people to do what you think is right. There is great joy in helping people, but no joy in doing it at gunpoint.”-Penn Jillette
“At some point if Wayne takes the social justice agenda seriously he doesn’t just want to give money away or spend it on political campaigns, he wants to be forced to cough it up. It’s a concept not just of contingent human betterment, but of constructing some kind of better society. A just society in which public needs are met, as a matter of public policy rather than volunteerism, by those with the means to meet them.”-Matt Yglesias
I sort of am attracted on a personal level to the first quote-that’s the way I want to live my life-but I’m not sure it can ever be established in this fallen world. It’s somewhat easier for me to imagine living in the world of the second quote. But I don’t know. It’s really hard for me to imagine an American government that actually has an effective social justice agenda. Almost as hard as it is to imagine a world in which everyone embraces Penn’s agenda. But not quite. Yes, I’m a bad libertarian.