I don’t typically post linkspams, but maybe I should do it more often, particularly if I want to connect more with FreethoughtBlogs and The Orbit. Here are a few links, with my brief commentary:
Niki of Seriously?!? explains how pathetic welfare is in the US, and how people feel the need to micromanage the things people on welfare buy. Speaking for myself, the one thing that made me strongly pro-redistribution was reading about the current programs, SNAP and TANF. To qualify for SNAP (food stamps), you need to find work within three months, which sounds like a recipe to trap people in terrible jobs.
Thoughts of Crys is on of my favorite new blogs on FTB. This post counters what-if arguments made by pro-lifers. The problem with these kinds of arguments is that they prove too much. For example, you should never refuse sex with a partner, because what if that sex would have led to a child, it’s like you’re murdering that child! This is a general issue in consequentialist ethics: how far in the future are the consequences still relevant?