Personal Responsibility

Which promotes greater personal responsibility, the free market or the welfare state?

Under the welfare state the people rely upon the government to give them their money. Therefore, they do not have to have the responsibility of earning money in order to feed, clothe and house themselves or their families.

Under the free market people must rely upon themselves, without aid from the government, to make a living.

Therefore, the free market promotes and requires greater personal responsibility.

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3 Replies to “Personal Responsibility”

    1. In the welfare state the government takes money from taxes and gives it to people who apply for welfare. This is called the politics of plunder in Frederic Bastiat words. Please see my essays on ‘Bastiat’s Concept of Political Plunder’ and “If the State Can Do Something Good For You…”. Thanks!

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