There is danger in the equality drumbeat

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

One comment

  1. How come when it comes to free stuff from the government and equality, that these same people think that the top 1% or top 10% should foot the bill? How is that equal?

    I have an idea for all those who want equality and socialism and more free stuff from the government; given every man, woman, and child their current tax bill. Make sure that the tax bill is equally split among everybody including the illegal aliens since they too are counted in the census. Before they get anything more that is provide by the government, before their next welfare check, before they drive on the interstates, or before their next medicare doctor visit; they must pay their tax bill first. People want their COLA, wait until it is all withheld to pay their tax bill.

    As of 4:00 am this morning that tax bill for every American citizen is $63,070 with another $11,558 for those of us who live in NJ. Now we could just give the bill to actual taxpayers and that bill would be over $170k per taxpayer. There is only 1 person paying taxes in the US for every 2.7 US citizens.

    All those who demand $15 hour would quit their jobs tomorrow if they had to pay their $170k tax bill and I would not blame them. What is the point of working if you have to give your money to the government. $170k is a mortgage payment that takes decades to payoff, but the government loves to borrowing money.

    Now that I am retired and I am thinking about it, I am being tax on my past working career to this day. How come other people who do not work, do not get taxed? I thought these people wanted equality.

    All the people in Venezuela are equal. That is equality starving. That government took everything and now there is nothing left, no food, no jobs, all in less than 20 years.


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