Do “free riders” justify initiated-force?
Every person who receives a tax-funded handout is a free rider. They are receiving benefits that were paid for by others. So how can The State be the cure for a supposed problem of which it is the greatest example. This contradiction doesn’t stop statists from arguing that certain goods may not be provided unless everyone is forced to pay for them. But there are many examples to disprove this, including…
- Volunteer activities
- Free Internet services
- Private fireworks displays
In reality, people create things they value, even when they can’t persuade everyone who benefits to pay for them. Statists counter-argue that funding will be insufficient in some cases, but…
- The amount of something a society needs is always a matter of personal opinion. So…
- The “insufficiency” argument is just another example of statists trying to impose their personal preferences on other people
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