Welfare Before the Welfare State

by Chris Campbell
Laissez Faire Books

During the 18th and early 19th centuries, accepting government aid or private charity was stigmatized.

(Eh. Come again?)

That’s right. Government assistance, dear LFT reader, was considered taboo.

And that was well before the government started to militarize its police force, blow up people all over the world and spy on its own citizens.

Imagine that.

Mutual aid, on the other hand, didn’t carry the same humiliation.

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