Opinion from a Libertarian ViewPoint

No Compassion on U.S. Aid to Ukraine

Posted by M. C. on May 5, 2023

A genuinely free society is one in which people are free to keep everything they earn and decide for themselves what to do with it. In that type of society, if people choose to donate to some worthy cause, it could be said that they are doing so out of a sense of care and compassion. That’s because they are donating their own money voluntarily.

If we lived in that type of society, the Ukrainian regime and the Ukrainian people would be entitled to ask Americans to send them donations.

by Jacob G. Hornberger

Last week I wrote an article entitled “How Can Force Entail Compassion?” which focused on America’s welfare-state programs. I pointed out that, contrary to popular opinion, such programs do not reflect any goodness within the American people. That’s because they are founded on the force of taxation, which is enforced by the Internal Revenue Service, one of the most tyrannical agencies in U.S. history. Force and compassion are opposites. Genuine compassion, I pointed out, comes from the willing hearts of individuals, not from the threat of an IRS audit or criminal prosecution.

The same principle holds true for U.S. aid to foreign regimes, including Ukraine. The fact that the U.S. government has sent some $75 billion to the Ukrainian regime to assist it in its war with Russia says nothing about the goodness of the American people. That’s because the money that is being sent has been collected by force from American taxpayers. As with welfare-state programs, force and compassion are opposites. 

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