Tethered Citizens

PT       2002-04-28 
The welfare state exists to transfer resources from those who produced them to those who did not. There can be countless motives for effecting a transfer: to equalize incomes; to feed and house the poor; to eradicate drug use; to promote exports; to inhibit imports; to subsidize business and agriculture; to certify the safety of food, medicines, toys, and appliances; to make buildings sturdy; to discourage smoking or drinking; to preserve wetlands and animal habitats; to ensure retirement income; to guarantee safety in the workplace; to advance research; to educate children; to provide affordable medical care; to control rents; to end racial discrimination; to plan residential development.