The welfare function of modern states has a disproportionate effect on the way citizens perceive the state.
melt people’s consciences, leading them to excuse and minimise the most horrible of crimes.
when organisations that kill people for a living – like crime families or governments – loudly help the needy, we should indeed shudder. Why? Because their perceived philanthropy makes it easy for them to get away with murder. Maybe they’ll use their power over life and death wisely and fairly. But they probably won’t – especially if they’re surrounded by devoted fans eager to excuse their shortcomings.