Only yourself to blame.

Dave Killion — October 30, 2011

Paul Willcocks writes a lot about the downtrodden in BC, and he gets a lot wrong because, like all proponents of the welfare state, he mistakes the government for society. So whenever someone suffers, it’s ‘our’ fault. In his latest blog post, Willcocks says we’re all no different than the people who walked by the (now deceased) two-year-old Chinese girl who laid crying in a puddle of blood as the result of being hit by a van.

Willcocks does not seem to know that the indifference he rails against is the direct and perfectly predictable result of the welfare state he endorses. But don’t take my word for it. Just ask former US President Grover Cleveland –

“…I do not believe that the power and duty of the general government ought to be extended to the relief of individual suffering which is in no manner properly related to the public service or benefit. A prevalent tendency to disregard the limited mission of this power and duty should, I think, be steadfastly resisted, to the end that the lesson should be constantly enforced that, though the people support the government, the government should not support the people.

The friendliness and charity of our countrymen can always be relied upon to relieve their fellow-citizens in misfortune. This has been repeatedly and quite lately demonstrated. Federal aid in such cases encourages the expectation of paternal care on the part of the government and weakens the sturdiness of our national character, while it prevents the indulgence among our people of that kindly sentiment and conduct which strengthens the bonds of a common brotherhood.”

If Willcocks wants to see the lot of the disadvantaged improved, he should support libertarians in bringing an end to the welfare state.

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