Is It Alright To Accept Social Security Payments? Yes!

From: A
Sent: Friday, May 04, 2018 10:16 AM
Subject: Social Security
Dr Block,
I’m sure you have addressed this question before, but if you did, I missed it.
Given the fact that Social Security is a Roosevelt welfare-ponzi scheme, whereby income is taken by the FedGov from those who work, and paid to those who (a)claim disability or (b) reach a certain age, how can a true libertarian file for and actually accept these stolen funds?
Does ‘paying in’ to the system of thievery justify accepting later payment from the system of thievery?
Your thoughts, please sir. A

Dear A:

In my view, it is legitimate for non statists to accept money from the government, not only through social security, but in many other ways as well: by using their public parks, streets, currency, post office, museums, libraries, etc. Why? Because the state is a criminal organization. Murray Rothbard says this about that they are: “a predatory gang of robbers, enslavers, and murderers.” Rothbard, Murray N. 1977. “Do you hate the state?” The Libertarian Forum, Vol. 10, No. 7, July; Is it legitimate to relieve thieves of their ill-gotten gains? I say Yes. And this applies to social security, whether or not you have paid into that Ponzi scheme in the first place.

It is legitimate, in my view, to take money and other things of value from the government, but not to give them anything, unless under duress, such as taxes, fees, etc.

The other day, a friend of mine and I went to a government museum. There was no charge. However, they were asking for donations. This friend of mine donated money to the government. I warned her that when libertarians took over the society, they would institute a libertarian Nuremberg Trial for supporters of the state, and that she would be in the dock for that contribution of hers. She just looked at me as if I were crazy. But, I think it a crime to donate money to criminal gangs. Perhaps she doesn’t think the government is “a predatory gang of robbers, enslavers, and murderers.” Or, perhaps, that it is perfectly alright to support such organizations. She is not a libertarian. But, I am working on her.

I have published a bit about this:

Block, 1972, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009A, 2009B, 2010, 2011A, 2011B, 2011C, 2011D, 2016; Block and Arakaky, 2008, Block and Barnett, 2008, D’Amico and Block, 2007

Block, Walter E. 1972. “The Polish Ham Question.” The Libertarian Forum. June-July, Vol. 4, No. 6-7, p. 5;;;

Block, Walter E. 2002. “Accepting Government Subsidies,” Fraser Forum, February, p. 27;

Block, Walter E. 2004. “Radical Libertarianism: Applying Libertarian Principles to Dealing with the Unjust Government, Part I” Reason Papers, Vol. 27, Fall, pp. 117-133;

Block, Walter E. 2006. “Radical Libertarianism: Applying Libertarian Principles to Dealing with the Unjust Government, Part II” Reason Papers, Vol. 28, Spring, pp. 85-109;;;; (death penalty justified, net taxpayer, ruling class analysis p. 87)

Block, Walter E. 2007. “Ron Paul and Matching Funds,” October 1;

Block, Walter E. 2008. “Replies to readers” September 23; (libertarians hypocrites for using public school?)

Block, Walter E. 2009A. “Libertarian punishment theory: working for, and donating to, the state” Libertarian Papers, Vol. 1;

Block, Walter E. 2009B. “Toward a Libertarian Theory of Guilt and Punishment for the Crime of Statism” in Hulsmann, Jorg Guido and Stephan Kinsella, eds., Property, Freedom and Society: Essays in Honor of Hans-Hermann Hoppe, Auburn, AL: Ludwig von Mises Institute, pp. 137-148;

Block, Walter E. 2010. “You are a rotten kid (rent control and libertarianism),” February 27;

Block, Walter E. 2011A. “It’s Ayn Rand Bashing Time, Once Again.” February 18;
Block, Walter E. 2011B. “May a Libertarian Take Money From the Government?” March 11;;
Block, Walter E. 2011C. “Toward a Libertarian Theory of Guilt and Punishment for the Crime of Statism,” Journal of Libertarian Studies, Vol. 22; pp. 665-675;

Block, Walter E. 2011D. “Hoppe, Kinsella and Rothbard II on Immigration: A Critique.” Journal of Libertarian Studies; Vol. 22, pp. 593–623;

Block, Walter E. 2016. “Is It Compatible With Libertarianism to be a Banker? Yes!” September 29;

Block, Walter E. and Chris Arakaky. 2008. “Taking Government Money for Grad School?” May 23;

Block, Walter E. and William Barnett II. 2008. “Continuums” Journal Etica e Politica / Ethics & Politics, Vol. 1, pp. 151-166 June;;

D’Amico, Dan and Walter E. Block. 2007. “A Legal and Economic Analysis of Graffiti” Humanomics Vol. 23, No. 1, pp. 29-38;;;

Block, Walter E. 2012. Yes to Ron Paul and Liberty. Ishi Press;;;;;;;;;;;;


2:33 pm on November 23, 2018