Saturday, April 26, 2014
Reductio ad Sensum Communem
So let me just ask this.
Isn't income equality the necessary by-product of freedom? If we are all free and equal before the law, won't some of us work harder, work smarter, and sometimes be more lucky and thereby make more money than others who work less, work stupidly and are unlucky and therefore earn less? This seems an absolutely basic truth to me. Am I missing something?
The cool thing about economic freedom is that through hard, intelligent work, with a little luck, anyone can get to the 1% of earners.
And in America, 20% of the population earn 1% income at least one year of their lives. 1 in 5! How great is that?
I seriously don't get why this sort of freedom is in any way bad.
Apparently you have to be on the left to see freedom as undesirable.
Kevin Williamson is now my fave author over at NRO (with Charles Cooke a very close second). Every one of his pieces is outstanding, well-reasoned and well-written.
Today's headline post:
I don't get the whole envy shtick: so long as I have enough, I simply don't care that you may have more than I. Fer shur, that could easily be because I've always had "enough." Or perhaps it's more that what I've had has simply always BEEN enough. (I suspect that my druthers are different than most: I'd rather have 1000 acres of meadows and trees with horses & dogs & a shack, than a 10k sq.ft mansion with a Jag parked in the forecourt. But I'll never have any of that, and THAT'S OK.")
I find it reprehensible that the Dem politicians actively promote class envy, trying to convince some that they should have, by some "social justice" human right, the same wealth, income, position as another WITHOUT HAVING TO WORK FOR IT.
Deliberately pitting one segment of a society against another has never benefited humankind, and is a betrayal of one of the foundation pillars of this country: that you can be whatever you can, and choose to, make of yourself.
So, where are your other two readers these days? No one's commented for it seems like weeks.
This makes marvelous sense: