‘Give a Man a Pair of Shoes…

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…and he’ll wear them for a day.”*

You’ve probably read this story about a thug in New York City who took time off from harassing people in order to buy a pair of shoes for a shoeless homeless man. One day later, the homeless man stopped wearing them because he thinks someone will try to kill him in order to steal them from him.

This is why I am in total agreement with Doug Casey on the counterproductiveness of charities. Years ago, I remember reading in one of the works of the great Buddhist teacher Chögyam Trungpa that unless you are going to give money to the same homeless person every day, when you give money to a homeless person you are doing it for yourself and NOT for the homeless person that you give the money to.

You want to help less fortunate people? Then demand a free market, a return to a 100% gold-backed medium of exchange/non-fractional reserve banking system, and the abolishment of government. THEN you’ll be helping less fortunate people.
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*“Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.”

11:23 am on December 3, 2012