[lit-ideas] Re: Ye Olde Dialectic

Eric Yost wrote:

"That is one way of reading my argument, but it misses the point I introduced 
in an earlier post on the subject, namely that charities let the government off 
the hook ..."

Nope.  If we are using Lincoln's account of government, an account you 
introduced and one with which I am quite comfortable, then no such thing is 
possible.  If government does what the people cannot, then charities, if they 
are doing what they claim to be doing, are the people doing what they can.  If 
the people are doing what they can, then they are, by definition, not letting 
the government off the hook.  Again, you cannot consistently hold both 
Lincoln's account of government and the concern about charities letting the 
government off the hook.


Sincerely,

Phil Enns
Toronto, ON

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