What shall be done with the four million slaves if they are emancipated? ... Primarily, it is a question less for man than for God -- less for human intellect than for the laws of nature to solve. It assumes that nature has erred; that the law of liberty is a mistake; that freedom, though a natural want of the human soul, can only be enjoyed at the expense of human welfare, and that men are better off in slavery than they would or could be in freedom; that slavery is the natural order of human relations, and that liberty is an experiment. What shall be done with them? Our answer is, do nothing with them; mind your business, and let them mind theirs. Your doing with them is their greatest misfortune. They have been undone by your doings, and all they now ask, and really have need of at your hands, is just to let them alone. They suffer by every interference, and succeed best by being let alone.
i like this quote. the proposition was that if you freed the slaves they would starve because they didn't know how to take care of themselves. it was one of the pro-slavery arguments and a concern of some anti-slavery people also.
we have taught a segment of the society, by our actions and interference, that failure is bad. failure must be avoided and it's now the governments job to mitigate failure.
two things come from that. on the small scale, you end up with people who are incapable of picking themselves up when something goes wrong. on the large scale, you end up with a society that does not know how to succeed. to succeed, you must learn to fail. i don't know any successful people who don't have a string of failures in their past.
we have also created a new class of slaves. dependent people are not free.