The Quote by Ayn Rand on the Welfare State
“Morally and economically, the welfare state creates an ever accelerating downward pull. Morally, the chance to satisfy demands by force spreads the demands wider and wider, with less and less pretense at justification. Economically, the forced demands of one group create hardships for all others, thus producing an inextricable mixture of actual victims and plain parasites.” -Ayn Rand on the Welfare State
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I think that this quote by Ayn Rand on the welfare state is, like most quotations of hers, absolutely spot on. It perfectly sums up the negative current and after-effects of the welfare programs enacted by “looters” in the government to please their constituencies.
For starters, I think that this quote by Ayn Rand on the welfare state shows just what is behind the creation of a massive, sprawling complex of welfare programs and subsidies, which is what I am referring to when I say “the welfare state.” While de Tocqueville was right that such programs can be created out of a Congressional desire to bribe voters, I think there is more to it than that.
“The Chance to Satisfy Demands By Force” and the Subversion of our Republic
The “more to it” is what is termed in this quote by Ayn Rand on the welfare state “the chance to satisfy demands by force.”
In a republic such as ours, for something to happen, for some program to be enacted, theoretically it has to be a program supported by both the citizens of our nation and their representatives. We are not a democracy, so it cannot just be a vote, but we are also not an oligarchy or other tyrannical state, so it cannot be done purely by fiat.
Perhaps some smaller programs can be, as we have seen with the rise of the imperial presidency, but, generally, the larger programs still have to be supported by Congress because it controls the power of the purse and the welfare state described in this quote by Ayn Rand on the welfare state needs lots of money to function.
So, how does Congress get popular support for such programs? By bribing the voter, as de Toqueveille said.
But why does it want those programs in the first place? Why would Congressional representatives, men and women who are, theoretically, there to uphold the Constitution while also representing their districts, vote for such horrible programs? Because, as is said in this quote by Ayn Rand on the welfare state, they see those programs as an easy and excellent way to accomplish their goal of making their districts happy.
Making people happy by giving them more opportunities to work in an honest way is difficult because it means that they actually have to work. Fewer and fewer Americans want to do that. But with welfare programs, politicians see a way to get the best of both worlds (for them).
By infringing the property rights of a few people, the most successful members of society, Congress is able to confiscate wealth and redistribute it in a way that satisfies the “demands of the masses.” They are able to use force against a select few to please the many.
“Spreads the demands wider and wider, with less and less pretense at justification”
But it never ends there, of course. What might have started as a reasonable(ish) program at first, such as public education or helping the elderly avoid starvation, quickly becomes free college for everyone, Medicare for All, and a universal basic income. Those demands can never be satisfied because they keep growing and the other side does not really even bother to justify them or explain why they are necessary burdens for all of society to shoulder.
That is what is meant in this quote by Ayn Rand on the welfare state by “spreads the demands wider and wider, with less and less pretense at justification.” After the first step is taken and a welfare program is created, it is quite hard to shy away from the creation of a massive welfare state, such as the one LBJ created with his “war on poverty” programs.
The general public that wants the welfare programs in the first place will never be satisfied. It will want more and more in the unfair name of “equality,” and as it sees that supposed “representatives” are not upholding the Constitution at all but are instead resorting to simple bribery, it will not even bother to try to justify its demands. It will simply make them and then cause chaos if they are not met.
That’s what we have seen in America’s cities recently. Although not related at first glance to this quote by Ayn Rand on the welfare state, I think that the recent riots show just what happens when people feel entitled to the money of others. If their demands are not met, they act like petulant children and have a destructive temper tantrum until they are.
The only solution to that is to never give in in the first place. Do not infringe the property rights of the wealthy to please the masses. Hell, wealth inequality is not even a problem. It is instead the mark of a universally prosperous and wealthy society!
Economically, the forced demands of one group create hardships for all others
And the thing is, it is not just that the moochers and looters that the Democratic Party is composed of support policies that they cannot justify. As said in this quote by Ayn Rand on the welfare state, “Economically, the forced demands of one group create hardships for all others.”
Welfare policies redistribute wealth from the deserving, who earned it by working hard, to the undeserving, who are receiving money from the government simply because of their “need.”
Charity, which most conservatives support, does not create hardships. It is giving away part of your surplus income to those less fortunate. But the system described in this quote by Ayn Rand on the welfare state is not charity. It is a forced redistribution of wealth. It is a government agent pointing a gun at your head and demanding that you give him your money so he can feel good redistributing it to “the poor.” Hence why taxation is theft.
And that does create hardships. Taxes are too high right now and they will undoubtedly get higher if Joe Biden is elected, as raising taxes is part of his platform. For hard-working Americans of all walks of life, those taxes create serious hardships. Instead of getting to reap the fruits of their labors, American workers have to hand over their earnings to those whose only claim on them is “need.” Rather than getting to invest, save, or spend the money they earn, American workers have their wealth confiscated by force so that it can be given to those that do not work.
Not only is that unfair, but, as is said in this quote by Ayn Rand on the welfare state, America’s welfare state creates significant hardships for those paying for it (hardworking American taxpayers).
[The welfare state produces] an inextricable mixture of actual victims and plain parasites
Can you imagine having to live by people that were constantly demanding your money at gunpoint? What about if they declared, each time that they robbed you, that they had some moral claim on your money because they made poor life choices and now “deserve” it? You would be pretty upset, right?
Well, that is why the line that the welfare state produces “an inextricable mixture of actual victims and plain parasites” is included in this quote by Ayn Rand on the welfare state.
When spent on welfare programs, taxation is theft. Government tax collectors steal from the working to give to the lazy. They imagine themselves as Robin Hoods, but, as said in this quote by Ayn Rand on the welfare state, they are nothing better than parasites that feed on the living and drain their life force.
And the taxpayers are victims. Their money is stolen and redistributed and they receive no justice. That needs to be changed.
Conclusion: You Need to Share this Quote by Ayn Rand on the Welfare State
Please share this quote by Ayn Rand on the welfare state on social media. Not because I want to profit from it, although I do. Share it because Americans need to understand the moral and economic problems with our vast welfare state. It is a massive system of theft and injustice that all of us need to stand against.
But to properly fight against something, you need to understand it. And I think that this quote by Ayn Rand on the welfare state gives you all the facts you need to understand the welfare state. It is a system of thievery that is premised on nothing other than the ambiguous and irrelevant concept of “need.”
By: Gen Z Conservative
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