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I imagine that some objectivists in the world have received student loans in order to achieve the career education that they wanted, so should objectivists be concerned with the welfare of the poor, when it is often the poor who receive the least education, and more often than not turn to less scrupulous activities to make a living?

asked Jan 26 '11 at 14:39

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edited Jan 27 '11 at 17:28

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This is closely related to an earlier question, "Is it moral to accept a government funded scientific research job?", which has answers discussing the propriety of taking government scholarships or grants.

(Jan 26 '11 at 14:46) Greg Perkins ♦♦ Greg%20Perkins's gravatar image

If someone routinely stole money from you and you could not do anything about it, would you be against accepting their financial gifts?

(Jan 26 '11 at 14:48) dreadrocksean dreadrocksean's gravatar image

Society is a community effort.

(Jan 26 '11 at 14:51) Junky Junky's gravatar image

How am I supposed to be happy about this when I need student loans to go to college? Why is objectivist happiness always centered around money?

(Jan 26 '11 at 14:54) Junky Junky's gravatar image

Well, I'd like to speak to an objectivist who needed a loan to get to college. And what i mean about money specifically is not really money but possessions.

(Jan 26 '11 at 19:51) Junky Junky's gravatar image

The government has destroyed the private student loan industry. There is really no other choice but to go to them. That was their exact purpose and is almost always their exact purpose whether they admit it or not.

(Jan 27 '11 at 18:57) DarthGalt DarthGalt's gravatar image

I think there are a couple of factors to consider here: 1) College loans are loans; they must be repaid. Welfare is a handout. 2) People who take out college loans not only pay them back, but continue to pay, with taxes (for the rest of their lives), for the "privilege" of education. Welfare, in contrast, moves wealth from one person to another, regardless of whether the recipient pays taxes.

(Jan 28 '11 at 10:27) nicholascloud nicholascloud's gravatar image
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