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Why should we embrace charity?

Charity is an essential characteristic of a free society. There are unwritten but indisputable laws in any free society, including these related to charity: 

1. Mortality is difficult and people face hardships

2. People who are desperate or without a sense of hope pressure elected officials to use the coercive power of the state to assist them in their hardships

3. Private charity stands as a constructive alternative to government redress

There are always the “haves” and the “have-nots,” and the have-nots must press to satisfy their needs and wants, often at the expense of the haves. Charity de-politicizes natural material inequities. It provides relief without increasing the power of the state.

Dig Deeper:

Policy Paper: Caring for Our Neighbors in Need and Strengthening Community in Utah

Article: The Reach of Charity

Article: Goodbye Charity

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