Our political impulses might be boiled down to these two competing priorities: freedom vs. charity. Our devotion to freedom is to guarantee the unimpeded right to pursue our own lives as we see fit. Our dedication to charity is to foster the well-being of our communities as much as possible.
The problem is that to absolutely favor freedom is to leave those in need of charity out in the cold, but to exclusively prefer charity is to infringe on the autonomy of others’ freedom.
However, consider this:
When freedom is the priority, private charity can and will still thrive.
When charity is the priority, private freedom always gets circumscribed.