1 The end of the world could come at any moment for any person. So if you believe in Heaven and the entry requirements that Jesus specified, you should live as though the end of the world is at hand. In this respect, Jesus may have been correct.

2 This is an elaboration of what Anatole France wrote in Crainquebille:

The law in its majestic equality, forbids all men to sleep under bridges, to beg in the streets, and to steal bread--the rich as well as the poor.

3

The state, as the institute of rights, can give nothing to any man without conceding that it is his right to have it. Therefore, the state is the worst possible dispenser of alms.
Robert Ellis Thompson quoted in The Tragedy of American Compassion by Marvin Olasky on p. 129.

4 Marvin Olasky, The Tragedy of American Compassion p. 42.

5 This predictable result was common knowledge in the 19th century. In 1834, Thomas Cooper wrote in A Manual of Political Economy,

The more paupers you support, the more you will have to support.
Cited by Marvin Olasky op. cit. p. 43.

6

Josephine Lowell always wanted widows-only help, since she believed that helping abandoned women would lead to more abandonment.
op. cit. p. 139.

7 Some racist laws are not recognized as such by social democrats who do not look beyond the stated purpose of a law and do not understand or care about its long-term consequences. For example, the minimum-wage laws in South Africa were enacted to keep Blacks from qualifying for jobs, but the social democrats, ignorant of economics and blinded by their ideology, could not see the racist motive behind the minimum wage laws, and so they did not protest them. See Hutt, W. H., The Economics of the Colour Bar: A Study of the Economic Origins and Consequences of Racial Segregation in South Africa, p. 75.


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