Jan 092009
 
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Welcome back to Ask An Anarchist. The ongoing series where I respond to questions about anarchist philosophy. This is an easy edition for me to write as Michael Wiebe of Libertarian Anarchy has done all of the heavy lifting.

Q) Do you not care about poor people? Without government assistance and programs they wouldn’t be able to survive!

A) Of course I (and other anarchists) care about the poor. I, for one, am one of the poor.  But one of the reasons I’m an anarchist is because I know that, however well intentioned, government intervention does far more to hurt those in poverty than to help them.

Check out Micahel’s Government Against the Poor, for a better worded explanation of the above statement than I’m likely to write any time soon.  BTW, I discovered that post through the monthly Market Anarchist Blog Carnival which is well worth reading each month if you’re interested in attaining more personal freedom and better understanding the true problems of government.

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  9 Responses to “Ask An Anarchist: What About “The Poor””

  1. “Government Against The Poor” was a great article.

    Thanks for commenting on my blog, btw. I’m glad that someone is reading it.

    Andrew Qs last blog post..Aiming At The Wrong Targets

  2. It is true that the government does not care about poor people, this has been even more so with Bush in the White House, but sometimes the government does help, example: senate just passed a good credit card reform Bill, it will limit a lot of credit card expenses such as late payment fees and interest rates, it will be enforce in 2011, also minimum wage increases that happened in the past year or so.

  3. Welcome, “John”!

    While you start off on the right foot, you clearly didn’t bother to read the linked article. The fallacy of the minimum wage is the first thing he covers. An increase to the minimum wage (or even its existence) artificially increases labor costs. These higher costs are, of course, passed on to the consumer. And who can afford higher prices the least? Minimum wage workers, of course.

    It also results in fewer job opportunities for low-skill and/or part time workers since the employers are now paying more money for the same amount of work to be accomplished, thus diluting their “labor buying power”. The only folx who benefit from minimum wage increases are union members whose wage is tied to the minimum wage. They end up with significant wage increases, though even thees gains are short-term as their costs will start increasing as well, though not as quickly as the truly poor.

    One of the reasons the Big Three automakers “need” a bailout is that things like minimum wage increases have raised their average labor cost to over $70.00 per hour! Are those really the poor you’re trying to help when you raise the minimum wage? Because those of us earning it are tired of getting screwed by the government.

  4. One of the reasons the Big Three automakers “need” a bailout is that things like minimum wage increases have raised their average labor cost to over $70.00 per hour! Are those really the poor you’re trying to help when you raise the minimum wage? Because those of us earning it are tired of getting screwed by the government.

  5. One of the reasons the Big Three automakers “need” a bailout is that things like minimum wage increases have raised their average labor cost to over $70.00 per hour! Are those really the poor you’re trying to help when you raise the minimum wage?

  6. I followed that link and read it. It was a good read full of facts that a lot of people never think about.
    Personally, I’m tired of being a struggling low-middle class worker, while watching all of these so-called “disabled” people who are anything but disabled take advantage of the system, along with our ridiculous Welfare program that promotes people to be lazy, not work, and have kids that working tax payers have to pay for.

    The whole damn system is geared to making people become dependent upon the government, sort of like they want everybody to stay in diapers while they run the global show with no rebuttal or resistance from the people. If the government had it their way, they would own everything and everybody… Do they still call that Democracy nowadays? Ha!

  7. Hello Kevin, I totally agree with you, There have an auto circle between poor and rich, It’s will continue until the world death.

  8. You must be joking or have never been able to buy food. Ever been out of food? I got fired for not being a robot slave. I qualify for unemployment because I didn’t do anything wrong. I make too much for food stamps and routinely have a choice, food for me or food for my loving pets.
    Get real. No one talks about the corporations and billionaires who don’t pay taxes but one loser who cheats the unemployment system is equal to Charles Manson.
    I would do anything to work now but I am not in my 20’s so my resume is not at the top of the pile.
    You are delusional, think for yourself and don’t repeat talking points you hear on tv about how bad poor people are.
    I’m a 12 year Navy vet, corpsman, decorated, never even had a speeding ticket and I am grateful I’m on unemployment and can keep a roof over my head.
    Corporations can fuck up the entire planet and not pay a dime in taxes but someone trying to eat every day? Oh, they are evil! What flavor koolaid you drinking today?

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