Opinion from a Libertarian ViewPoint

Socialist Security

Posted by M. C. on March 4, 2023

You just simply cannot have it both ways. You cannot, logically, state, in the same breath that the electorate is too short-sighted to save for their retirement and yet, should indeed be allowed within 100 miles of a voting booth.

Luis Rivera

By Walter E. Block

Social Security is the third rail of US politics. President Biden has recently made great hay out of Representative Scott daring to even hint that this sacred program could be altered in any way, manner shape or form. Nor have the Republicans dared to challenge our one and only president on this matter. Instead, they have contented themselves with utter and total denial that they had any plans in the offing along these lines. Social Security changes are not on the table, they aver. They have no plans of altering even a jot or tittle of this holy program.

Well, there is no compunction on this score, at least not from the present quarter. This socialist nostrum should never have been started in the first place, and it should now be torn down, root and branch, and salt sown where once it stood.


There are two main reasons. First, it conflicts with an even more important third rail in our political system: democracy. Social Security states, in effect, that the American public is either too stupid, or too short-sighted, to save not only for a rainy day, which may or may not ever occur, but for their old ages, which will indeed take place, God willing.

But if they are so flighty, so unreliable, so un-mench-like, as to not be able to save, on their own, how, ever, in the name of all that is holy, can we trust them to the ballot box vote? On the other hand, we do endow the general public with this sacred privilege.  Even obviously low information voters are allowed to pull the lever in the voting booth. In so doing, we are undermining our other basic premise: that the brains of the public are deader than the proverbial doorknob when it comes to saving for eventualities.

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