Generosity and Wealth Redistribution Are NOT the Same Thing


As I work daily to reconcile my faith and my political beliefs, one of the issues that continually creeps to the forefront is social justice. I come from a personal faith background that’s been heavily informed by Jesus’ words in Matthew 25 (“What you do to these the least of my brethren, you do unto me”) — which makes topics like redistribution of wealth, income disparity, generosity, and giving far from academic to me.

As a Christian who’s drawn to a particularly anarchocapitalist form of libertarianism, I have plenty to think about.

I’ve been thinking about this a LOT lately, as my particularly anarchocapitalist flavor of libertarianism tends to (rightly) be chided for its greed.

At the end of the day, generosity isn’t a choice for Christians — we’re told to be glad givers, to be kind, generous, and merciful. But it’s not “giving” when the government takes what’s yours to distribute to others. If you or I were to do that, regardless of how worthy the cause, a spade would be called a spade, and it’d be rightly called theft. Social welfare is, at its core, theft. We’re given no say in whether the money is given in the first place, and arguably more importantly, to whom and for what it’s given.

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