We should all aspire to be stunning examples of free, productive and virtuous peoples who contribute and interact voluntarily. Both for our own happiness and to demonstrate to other people.
Why muck around in the bottom of the moral dog-bowl that is food stamps? Who wants even go meet with some greasy local bureaucrat and fill out a bunch of tedious forms and explain what a profound friendless loser you are to get a couple hundred dollars worth of groceries?
This is like the ugly, ticky-tacky minutia that libertarians should just wipe there hands off and just try to stay away from. If you see a piece of garbage, throw it away - don't put it on your head and tell everybody it's your new hat.
I've enjoyed everyone's posts about restitution and 'you paid for it' and 'let's tip the cart' and the comparisons to using the public roads, etc., and thought they were all valid and great discussion board posts. But at the end of the day, who would want to use this much intellectual contortion to go grovel to the government for food?
And if you must, then fine. But don't spend too much time explaining how it relates to libertarianism in any neat way. That's what I'm thinking.
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