Planning to Fail

Dave Killion — June 7, 2011

Here is a letter to the Times Colonist

In your editorial “A poverty plan is long overdue“, it appears that you have not considered the possibility that the great minds of the provincial government, however well coordinated, might not contain the solution to the problem of poverty. Given that history has not shown that any set of regulators can be trusted either to know or to implement effective policies over time, I think it would be wise to recognize both the thoroughgoing incapacity of lawmakers and advocates to engineer society and the limits of what such central planning can do.

Furthermore, although I agree with you that “(t)here is a moral obligation to reduce poverty“, I am troubled to see you confuse the immoral coerced redistribution imposed by government with the personal compassion and charity that comprise true morality.

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