Sunday, March 26, 2017

Can Charities Carry The Burden?

A gift from Laurie.
Here is a link / topic very fitting for your blog as it comes up fairly frequently in comments and is likely to be very timely with the GOP in charge of the budget and budget slashing.

Can Religious Charities Take the Place of the Welfare State?
My answer is no way, as you know. Thoughts?


Anonymous said...

There used to be some talk that the churches would absorb the cost of health care in America. It's not something I have never heard from churches.


jerrye92002 said...

"No way" is correct. The welfare state is an abomination, economically, as social policy, and as an affront to true compassion between human beings. Charities can carry the burden of true charity. The welfare state can perpetuate itself, and the attendant poverty of body and spirit, very well.

Anonymous said...

How is aid from a charity any less of an abomination than aid from a government? What about government aid directed through charities? Does that become sort of a quasi-abomination?

Is the fact that charities can't perpetuate themselves really a good thing, particularly for the people who need them?


John said...

I agree that the welfare system has had some very bad unintended consequences and is far from perfect.

Unfortunately I can not say that things would have been better if had never existed.

Would the USA have more slums, suffering and death? (ie Brazil) Or would everyone have taken personal responsibility and thrived?

I am guessing the prior was more likely, but we will never know.