Feb. 22nd, 2017

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Why Libertarians Should Oppose the Universal Basic Income

Libertarians have a standard set of fundamental criticisms of the welfare state.

1. Forced charity is unjust. Individuals have a moral right to decide if and when they want to help others.

2. Forced charity is unnecessary. In a free market, voluntary donations are enough to provide for the truly poor.

3. Forced charity gives recipients bad incentives. If the government takes care of you, you're less likely to take care of yourself by work and saving.

4. The cost of forced charity is high and growing rapidly, leading to a future of exhorbitant taxes or financial crisis.
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