Clare Malone visits the Libertarian national convention for FiveThirtyEight:
When asked what one might do about Social Security, the party’s Radical Caucus candidate, 38-year-old Darryl Perry, answered by asking, “How many people in here, by a show of hands, love grandmas? How many of you will donate money to feed grandmas?” A number of hands went up. “I do not see a single person that did not raise their hands — that’s how you provide Social Security, Medicaid and Medicare,” he said.
It was a nice sentiment, that we would all take care of each other — beautiful, even — but fairly disengaged from the reality of modern America, where the indigent often die alone or in the care of the state.
Not just America. Everywhere, at all times. Keeping government out of indigent care just doesn’t work. Of course, government-run social programs don’t run that great either, but they seem better than doing nothing.
I don’t have the answers here but I don’t think “do nothing” is the answer.