My jobsite is flooded.
Here's a question: A guy wants a new flat screen TV, but doesn't have the money. He goes to his shop and produces a stack of $20 bills, perfect in their execution and indistinguishable from the real thing. He then goes and uses these new bills to buy the TV.
Do you consider this to be stealing? Do you think he has harmed anyone?
And by the way, you never really answered the original question: Do they have a right to demand that others feed, shelter, and clothe them. Does this imply that someone out there has a legal obligation to feed, shelter, and clothe them?
And creating claims to goods is increase demand and sales for businesses! Why would you not want that!
Um, okay. Now I know into which category to place any future comments from you...
As to adding zeros to bank accounts - I'm terrible at economics but won't that simply devalue everyone else's bank accounts and isn't that effectively the same as increasing taxes?
Quo usque tandem abutere, Trump, patientia nostra?
Glad to see most ppl vote no, America is still a bit American.
In Sweden, I can guarantee that the answer would have been yes.
The positive rights argument in general regards adult citizens as dependent children who deserve to be provided for, not as autonomous adults whose legally valid trade contracts may need to be enforced. If government is to provide us with our needs, making them positive rights, then we are depending on the external to meet our needs. It's like an adult child living at his parents' house. In some ways they're free adults, and in others they're still regarded children. I think that's typically an unhealthy way to live.
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"The knowledge and prudence of the poor themselves, are absolutely the only means by which any general and permanent improvement in their condition can be effected." - Thomas Malthus