I have never understood how Bernie Madoff could go to jail for extorting millions of dollars from people in an elaborate Ponzi scheme, yet when the federal government does the same thing, it is called "Social Security."
It is a complete fraud to its absolute core. For example, the modern concept of government-provided "social welfare" comes from the Prussian leader Bismarck, the godfather of the militaristic welfare-warfare state. While slaughtering thousands around Europe, he thought that he should throw his subjects a bone. At the time, the life expectancy of Prussians was 65, so he made "welfare" benefits available at 65. And voila, the great scam was born.
This is the inherent contradiction of the State. If any private person or group of individuals did what the federal government does to us on a daily basis --confiscate wealth and property, commit mass murder, lock people in cages-- we would be (correctly) outraged.
But stripped of its propaganda and PR about providing "public services" and "order," the State is nothing more than a gang of thieves writ large, as Murray Rothbard famously called it.
Here's the great Stefan Molyneux on what Social Security has done to multiple generations of the elderly: