This is the age of the welfare state. The general assumption is that something is amiss if governments do not provide benefits to its people. Since these benefits are funded by coercive taxation, this implies that those who are taxed are morally required to pay for benefits for others. This paper argues that this assumption is mistaken. Like the founders of the American republic, I argue that government should protect individual liberty, not provide benefits to the needy.
"Why Care about Liberty?,"
Philosophic Exchange: Vol. 38
, Article 1.
Available at: http://digitalcommons.brockport.edu/phil_ex/vol38/iss1/1