If you have little, you may want more. If you have more, that may not be enough. You want to keep up with the Jones’s and you may even think you are entitled. You may be envious of others; of the wealthy or super wealthy.
I wonder, even if we confiscated the wealth of the 10% wealthiest Americans would it change lives? What would government do with the money that would guarantee opportunity, creativity, ambition and personal drive? Would it change individual behaviors and increase individual responsibility?
If we made higher education free, would it change student behavior? Would the money create jobs?
The drumbeat for more equality is a political ruse and a dangerous one indeed. Before jumping on that bandwagon ask yourself, how will government use the money it takes from others that will actually assure more equality or will it merely give government more power by making more Americans dependent?
▪Those who see their lives as spoiled and wasted crave equality and fraternity more than they do freedom. If they clamor for freedom, it is but freedom to establish equality and uniformity. The passion for equality is partly a passion for anonymity: to be one thread of the many which make up a tunic; one thread not distinguishable from the others. No one can then point us out, measure us against others and expose our inferiority.
▪They who clamor loudest for freedom are often the ones least likely to be happy in a free society. The frustrated, oppressed by their shortcomings, blame their failure on existing restraints. Actually, their innermost desire is for an end to the “free for all.” They want to eliminate free competition and the ruthless testing to which the individual is continually subjected in a free society.
▪Where freedom is real, equality is the passion of the masses. Where equality is real, freedom is the passion of a small minority.
Eric Hoffer, The True Believer