Vance in his op-ed cites F. A. Hayek is the Austrian economist who wrote The Road to Serfdom and who predicted that social democracy would lead to slavery. Vance is a thoughtful conservative but he should have noted some basic facts about Hayek.
Yet when Hayek emigrated to the U.S., he signed up for Social Security on the recommendation of the Koch brothers’s father. Hayek was told "it was a good deal." Apparently the rich and the connected can participate in social insurance programs without turning into wards of the state.
I wish conservatives today were not so evangelical in their reading of economics; they might discover the dictum of Arthur Okun, a former head of the Council of Economic advisers who, in his book on the growing inequality fostered by an unregulated market, wrote, ”The market has its place; it must be kept in its place.”