Originally posted by KellyJay
Actually I don't believe any giving by the government no matter who is
in power can be called Charity since the government takes from one to
give to another. Charity is when we *you and I* give of our own money
towards those ends we want to give to, at least in my opinion.
We can rob from one and give to another the only difference between that
and what the government does is that the word "law" is involved, the act
would be the same.
I disagree. I think the word "charity" is broad enough to cover individual charity funded by personal assets, corporate or institutional charity funded by profits, and charity organized on a societal level and funded by tax.
I think people can see differences between these kinds of charity and that your expression of your preference for one kind and disapproval of another, while being your prerogative and philosophically understandable, is not served well by you seeming to try to deny charity at the organized societal/communal level exists through some 'vocabulary argument' or 'definition argument'.
Society is better off, in my view, for having charity at an orchestrated whole-of-society level to tackle things that might otherwise not be addressed by disorganized, uneven or arbitrary decisions by individuals. All three kinds of charity I mentioned are needed.