Thursday, May 26, 2022

Free Market Economics: Charity vs. Taxation – What is the Difference? – Learn Liberty

[MUSIC] Hi, I'm Rob Gressis, I'm a professor ofphilosophy at California State University, Northridge, where we are right now. And we're doing a littlephilosophy experiment today. So here's the first question. Are there any causes, political,charities, anything like that, that you agree with? >> Yeah, I think funding forcancer research is really good. >> PETA,I would donate some money to PETA. .

>> I like Habitat for Humanity. >> Okay, Habitat for Humanity. >> I think it's a great causebuilding homes for people. >> Okay, great, great answer. So, here's another simple question. Do you think it's morally okay for you togive your own money or time to Habitat for Humanity? >> Yeah, I think it's a good cause,so I wouldn't see why not. >> I think so, yeah, I've->> It's your own money, .

You can do with it what you want. >> Yeah. >> So now here's another question. Is it moral to force others togive to the cause of your choice? >> No. >> No, okay, so put it no. >> Force is a really harsh word. >> So you said do it,or else I'll fine you. >> No.>> So would it be okay for .

You to say, stick a gun in my face and say give money to the Red Cross orI'll shoot you in the knee? >> No, no. >> All right, so that's one kind of force. How about just lightly beating me up? >> No.>> Okay, what about just the threat of force? >> No. >> So why not, why is it not okay for .

You to use force to get me togive my money to St. Jude? >> Because you should be doingit off of your own will, not because you're forced to orobligated to do so. >> It's essentially extortion. >> I would belittle your autonomy byusing force to make you do what I will. >> So, now,let's go to the next board here. Is it moral for the government to force others togive to the cause of your choice? >> No. .

>> I think that it ismorally okay to do so. >> I think in some cases, yeah. >> I don't think so,I don't think that's right. >> So, is it okay for the government everto use force to get people to give money, like taxes or anything like that? >> Well, hm, I don't think so,I don't think so. >> Oh, doesn't that make youlike an anarchist or something? >> [LAUGH]>> I wanted to say yes, given what we understand government is,I just couldn't say yes. .

I just followed my logic there andbrought it over here. >> This collapse argument,it seems like it's your big thing and if you could be shown that there'sa society that can work pretty well, or as well, oreven better than our current society. And it had no taxes, right, everything happened voluntarily,then you'd be on board with that. >> Absolutely. >> Okay, do you think most peopleever even think of this question? >> No, I don't think so,I think we just blow right by it. .

And if more people stopped by and saw only this question,I think the tax would be filled. >> Yeah, maybe they'd all be yeses. But yeah, when you do thisquestion first and this one, things change, it's an interestinglesson about the power of philosophy. >> Yes. >> So I think we're gonna leave it there. So what did we learn today? Here's one thing I might wanna say. .

It's okay for the government to use forcewhen it's okay for you to use force, but when it's not okay for you to useforce maybe it's also not okay for the government to use force. What do you think? [MUSIC]


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