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Is it wrong to accept government handouts? Examples could include students accepting loans from the government for education or researchers accepting funding from the government. Since these programs are funded by taxes, and taxes constitute theft, is it moral to accept the fruits thereof? Wouldn't one be accepting stolen property?

asked Sep 17 '10 at 15:04

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edited Sep 17 '10 at 16:40

The short answer is, "it depends on which government handouts are in question; regarding grants and scholarships, no, not as long as you're also fighting to end them..."

... but the better answer (that is, Ayn Rand's answer) is online, at the Ayn Rand Lexicon site: The Ayn Rand Lexicon - Government Grants and Scholarships

answered Sep 17 '10 at 16:53

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