I would like to know if there’s a book or any article of sort that shows any prominent examples of private charity throughout centuries or anything of the sort? I ask because it’s been one the so-called weaknesses of a Free Market. That charity the only social security net has been tried (all of history prior to the 20th century), and it wasn’t very impressive.
A general point to keep in mind is that the market economy has raised standards of living to heights unimaginable just 200 years ago. If there was less charity before the nineteenth century, one reason might be that people were poor. Imagine the efficacy charity could achieve today if governments didn’t interfere with it. Even bearing the enormous burden of their destructive welfare programs, we are so productive through market activity that most everyone can be charitable.