Free African Society

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Contrast [today's] revolutionary ideology with the first black mutual aid society founded in 1787 [by Richard Allen and Absalom Jones]. The Free African Society's preamble described an organization "without regard to religious tenets, provided, the persons lived an orderly and sober life, in order to support one another in sickness, and for the benefit of their widows and fatherless children."

Members of FAS would contribute "one shilling in silver Pennsylvania currency a month" to help "the needy of this Society ... provided, the necessity is not brought on them by their own imprudence."

Such a common-sense principle of charity is wholly rejected in the modern welfare state. Furthermore, the bureaucratic apparatus of the welfare state also makes it impossible for competing efforts to arise.

Note:  The above descriptive information was found in the Daily Caller article below.

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