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.