“There is no reason in a society that has reached the general level of wealth ours has, the first kind of security should not be guaranteed to all without endangering general freedom; that is: some minimum of food, shelter and clothing, sufficient to preserve health.

Nor is there any reason why the state should not help to organize a comprehensive system of social insurance in providing for those common hazards of life against which few can make adequate provision.”

A) Franklin Roosevelt, 32nd President of the United States, instituted the New Deal

B) John Rawls, preeminent liberal philosopher and critic of capitalism

C) Ralph Nader, consumer advocate, lawyer and many-times presidential independent presidential candidate

D) Friedrich Hayek, free market economist, advocate of Austrian economics, actually Austrian


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D) Friedrich August Hayek in Road to Serfdom. According to American Enterprise Institute’s book Poverty And What To Do About It In America, Hayek championed a true well-structured sustainable safety net for those who needed it.

They point out that there is a difference between a program to help those in need and a program that furthers government overreach and control of income redistribution.

Social programs can be structured to be helpful, not hurtful, so they empower individuals compassionately without giving them incentives to stay in the poverty situation that they feel stuck in, under the control of the government.

Source: pg 8 Poverty and What to Do About It In America

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