“From the beginning of the 1940s through 1964 . . . the richer the United States got, the greater the proportion of its wealth that was given to philanthropy. Then, suddenly, sometime during 1964–65, in the middle of an economic boom, this consistent trend was reversed. The proportion of wealth being given away began to fall even though wealth continued to increase. “This new and disturbing trend continued through the rest of the 1960s, throughout the 1970s.”
Why did this happen? “Why donate $500 of your money . . . to a local [charity] when there is a bureaucracy in your city spending $20 million on the same thing? Why give up an evening a week . . . to do something for which the city has a full-time paid staff of several hundred people?”
— Charles Murray, “In Pursuit: Of Happiness and Good Government”
“Not only did individuals become less involved in charity, but local charitable institutions effectively had their functions taken away. Take away the charitable functions of these institutions, churches, clubs, and whatnot, said Murray, and “you take away the community” itself. The welfare state has done a very good job of destroying voluntary neighborhood and community efforts to help the poor, rendering many low-income families dependent on government handouts not for a short while but for generations, as an entitlement, a reward for having children out of wedlock and without a job.”
Excerpt From: Thomas DiLorenzo. “The Problem with Socialism.” iBooks.