We've not fully fleshed it out, but have skirted around the edges of the concept with questions like:
* If government gives you housing and food, tells you where you can send your kids for day care or school, and tells you where to go to a job or training, are you really 'free'?
* Is today's welfare 'society' (for lack of better term) the same as a slave plantation from the 1850's? The 'master'(government) takes care of all your needs and you, in return, do as they say. You may not be out in the fields working, but you're going through the programs they dictate and following their rules in order to maintain your handouts...
* How is today's welfare system any different from slavery? Is it the same concept with a nicer package and the 'illusion' of freedom?
We've been wondering about these things and talking about the differences and similarities. And then today I found Star Parker's column, "Back on Uncle Sam's Plantation," and I realized that others are considering the same things - but in a broader way.
Parker, whose personal story is inspiring, expanded the scope of the idea from the individual to industry and she hits the nail on the head with this observation:
"Instead of poor America on socialism becoming more like rich America on capitalism, rich America on capitalism is becoming like poor America on socialism."
I hope you will read her full column and that it will cause you to also consider the long-term implications of when government 'help' becomes 'control.'