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What If Charity Replaced Taxation?

•, Jean Vilbert

Health care. Education. Among others, these goods have been considered so important that most current governments make a huge effort to provide them to people with inadequate incomes. Surely, it would be crazy to deny how important these goods are.
In a 2016 survey conducted by Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) titled "The 2016 US Trust Study of High Net Worth Philanthropy," 
individuals were asked to select the public policy issues that mattered most to them. The top two issues were precisely health care (29 percent) and education (28 percent).

However, is publicization through state activity the only or best way to provide those services to the poor? Do we have alternatives? How about charity? Couldn't charity replace taxation? It could—and with solid advantages.

There are four main reasons why this is the case: moral, political, financial, and psychological.

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