FACT Report: January 15, 2014

A Real War on Poverty – Economic Justice (January 15, 2014)

Last week marked the fifty-year anniversary of President Johnson’s 1964 “War on Poverty,” which failed to provide income equality in our nation because civil government was never meant to establish this kind of equality.

Civil government was established to ensure justice, which requires that individuals receive what is due them according to a true standard of measurement. However, mere politicians cannot set a just standard that can bring equality in income in all situations. Only a just God could do that.

Civil government can promote economic justice through a free-market system, which allows each individual to determine what standard of measure should be applied to his labor. But civil government must also ensure a just free market through equal protection of each person’s life and property.

Civil government should stick to what it does best: promote justice.

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Read more about this issue in David Fowler’s recent commentary, A Real War on Poverty – Economic Justice