The Humble Libertarian

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

What Ted William's Golden Voice Teaches Us About Homelessness

I wonder if handouts to the homeless have gone up since the Ted William's Golden Voice story broke. I know I've personally been thinking differently about the homeless that I see on my commute.

And you know what it is that I catch myself thinking? "I wonder if that guy has some crazy marketable talent?"

That's the only lesson we learned here. Whether you like it or not, America did not become instantly sensitive to the plights of the homeless. They were simply amazed that such a marketable skill was not actively engaged in the market. And that mistake was immediately rectified.

It's a regular rags to riches via Adam Smith story. And we will rejoice each time at a prodigal's return.

Eric Olsen,
Regular Columnist, THL
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