Not sure how to answer this question when talking to Non-LibertariansSubmitted by RP45 on Mon, 05/21/2012 - 18:14
I would consider myself fairly new to Libertarianism. However, I'm passionate as I'm sure some of you are, and this has come up a few times when talking to folks about social programs...
I feel that they (social program) should be left to private businesses.
Usually people will then say that "we" have a responsibility to the disenfranchised and that they don't believe people would do it on their own, so they need gov't to fill that role.
I will reply that people who are passionate about helping people would do a much better job at running a business that would fill the role of social programs such as "Head Start" or even a DCF.
Where I get stuck is when they mention myself taking a PELL grant for college. They are suggesting that I'm being hypocritical by taking part in a program.
The only way I know how to address this is to say that the cost of education wouldn't be so high if we didn't have the programs in the first place and I wouldn't need it.
I do hate taking advantage of these type of things and I do so as little as possible. However I feel that I have to in order to one day be in a position to hopefully make a difference in changing some of the policies that have led to the perversion of our system in the first place.