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Friday, February 26, 2010

"Let charities rebuild Haiti, not feds"

This is too small a piece of data to make too much out of. Yet it's interesting

But on the question of paying to rebuild Haiti, 44 per cent of those asked said charities should foot the bill over the short term, with 40 per cent opting for government funding.

Asked about the long term, five to 10 years, 42 per cent chose charities, with only 28 per cent saying it should be the government’s work.

It would be an interesting poll question to ask Canadians if they think private charity should replace the welfare state. 44% is enough to win a majority government. We are often told that Canada is a Center-Left country. Yet when has anyone ever make a plain case to the people of Canada for a minimal state? I've found most of the people I've met over the years, even many who describe themselves as left-wing or progressive, who are at least receptive of the idea of private charities replacing social programs. The most common sentiment is that government doesn't work all that well in the field of social assistance, but that the private sector might not work at all, that its efforts would be patchy. Better to have an imperfect state as a safety net, while private charity fills in the gaps and provides high quality assistance. It's not an argument I accept, but one which suggests there is room to convince people of the case for freedom.

Posted by Richard Anderson on February 26, 2010 | Permalink

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Better to have an imperfect state as a safety net, while private charity fills in the gaps and provides high quality assistance. It's not an argument I accept, but one which suggests there is room to convince people of the case for freedom.


Posted by PUBLIUS on February 26, 2010 at 06:28 AM

Raising money for charity (or Haiti) could be as simple as a national lottery dedicated to a cause. Without the money going into general revenue and then being doled out as they see fit. The government can not do anything under the "kiss" program. Empire building is a prerequisite in all ventures no matter how simple. The first step would be a Minister of charities with a large staff and a highrise and then they could complicate the hell out of it.
Private enterprise could set up a bank account for that charity and send out a cheque every month.
But then, government has no control and we know how they hate that. See why it wont work ??

Posted by: peterj | 2010-02-27 8:36:02 PM


It is a matter of faith to believe governemnts are the only way to rebuild a nation. Just because they cannot imagine that left to their own, people (including charities) will rebuild their nation, does not mean it cannot be done. In fact it is less a matter of faith than to believe the state is the only or best way to do it.

Posted by: TM | 2010-02-28 8:48:51 PM



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