Thursday, January 9, 2014

Some Resources on the War on Poverty

Yesterday, on January 8, 2014, we reached the 50th anniversary of Lyndon B. Johnson's War on Poverty. The war divided many; on one side, many supported it as a cure (if not THE cure) to poverty, while many have shown that a government war on poverty is not only futile in stopping poverty but also an immoral means in combatting poverty.

So I have decided to do a compilation of resources that deal with this issue, resources that I hope you will find valuable. They are from both the past and the present, so forgive me if some of the resources don't date back more recently.

"The War on Poverty Kept Poor People Poor" by Steve Horwitz, MarketWatch
"50th Anniversary of Federal Government's Failed War on Poverty" by Hunter Lewis, The Circle Bastiat
"A Retrospective on Johnson's Poverty War" by Adam Young, Ludwig von Mises Institute
"How to Conquer Poverty" by John Chamberlain, The Freeman
"The Great Society: A Libertarian Critique" by Murray Rothbard, (not exactly related to the War on Poverty, but still important)
"The Great Society's War on Poverty" by Robert Higgs, The Independent Institute

This is not the most exhaustive list of resources on this touchy issue, but I do hope that it helps address some of the issues regarding the War on Poverty.