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thenewgreen  ·  3829 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Why we should give free money to everyone

This shocked me:

    None of the men wasted their money on alcohol, drugs or gambling. On the contrary, most of them were extremely frugal with the money they had received. On average, only 800 pounds had been spent at the end of the first year.

I don't often give change to people begging, but several times a year I will give someone asking amounts in cash between $20 and $50. The response is always gratifying and I know that for at least a night (perhaps several) that money could have a real impact.

I tend to agree that giving money directly to a person and not through an organization is more efficient and possibly more rewarding for all involved.