Not Yours to Give
When I first discovered libertarianism in the late 1970s, I came across an essay entitled “Not Yours to Give.” The essay was published by The Foundation for Economic Education in Irvington-on-Hudson, New York, where I would go to work as program director in 1987.
The essay had a big impact on me because it explained in a very simple, easy-to-understand way why it was morally wrong for the federal government to help people in need. That was a big revelation for me, given that I was a liberal Democrat in my hometown of Laredo, Texas. Before I discovered libertarianism, I couldn’t understand how anyone could object to government helping people who needed help. After all, I figured, it was the government’s money.
In 1827, Davy Crockett had been elected to Congress from the state of Tennessee. The essay revolved around his race for reelection in 1829. It would be difficult to find a better explanation as to how our nation has abandoned its founding principles. Given that the mid-term elections are next week, the central message in that essay is particularly timely.
(Crockett ended up moving to Texas, which is where I was born and raised and where I lived around half my life. Growing up, Crockett was one of my heroes, given that he had died at the Alamo. Thus, the essay had an even bigger impact on me than woul
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