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Helping the Poor

  • Jun 3, 2013 · 7:30 PM
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In this week's article, Walter Block criticizes a "traditional' charity and argues that free markets would be more helpful than many kinds of charity to those existing on the lowest economic rungs of society.  This sparked a couple thoughts in my mind and we'll discuss several areas of this topic:

1. review what a free society looks like and its implications for wealth distribution (i.e. businesses that actually have to compete, no intellectual property, free education markets, real economic growth).

2. discuss Austrian views of banking and the possibility that Federal Reserve policy disproportionately harms the poor.

3. discuss if free market arguments about charity are convincing to those not already predisposed to support free markets.  How "putting our money where our mouth is" would be more convincing.  Anyone want to start a voluntarist-based charity?

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