7. “Helping those who have been struck by unforeseeable misfortunes is fundamentally different from making dependency a way of life.”
As a lover of liberty, Sowell understands the difference between compassion and government coercion. While private charity is effective more often than not, government is a cold arbiter which simply hands out assistance without putting faces to names, while entrenching recipients in a culture of dependency. While many liberals claim this is the definition of “help,” Sowell knows better.