But it used to be understood, maybe still is normally, that to get this kind of freedom or liberty one needs to earn the funds to pay instead of take it from other people by way, of say, taxation. But that is now challenged by the idea that what we lack but need or want is something we are entitled to from others and governments exist to serve us by obtaining it all from these others and they have no say in the matter.
Government as a means to violate individual rights! What a concept! Entitlement is the historical trend -- e.g., kingships, lordships, nobles, serfs, paupers, princes, castes, annointeds, etc. -- to which American government was created as an antithesis. Aristotle, Aquinas, Grotius, Locke, and Paine all had the intellectual where-with-all within them to note that man freely forms associations like governments for the purpose of improving his general environment, not for making it worse off for some folks (and better for others). Making it worse off for some while better for others is the lion-eat-gazelle jungle-law that we transcended, when we freely formed our government here in this country. Collectivists can't (or won't) see that truth.
Individual rights are nothing but periodic grants of the group to some members if there is public benefit from it. Even freedom of the press is defended this way by many political thinkers—people have it only because it advances the public interest! Indeed, by this view one’s rights come from the government instead of, as the American Founders held, the government serves us by securing the rights we have by virtue of our human nature.
Great point about the hazards of justification via mere instrumental benefit and individual and public interest (utilitarianism; or unprincipled consequentialism) -- with no regard for the nature of man.
And, normally, when such help of the needy is forthcoming, those who extend it are given thanks. But when others do not interfere with us, do not murder, assault or steal from us, no th[a]nks are due! That’s because we have the right to live and be free and this freedom is not some gift from other people we need to be grateful for.
What a great way to bring this point into a common perspective!