Taking vs. making
Posted by aogMonday, 26 January 2004 at 11:16 TrackBack Ping URL

I made the mistake (again!) of listening to the local NPR station. One of their features is a segment where a law professor opines on society and the law. She’s not always a complete loon. Today she was only semi-loony in a paean to an associate of hers who was a crusader for the poor. What he did, according to her, was encourage the “oppressed” to become involved in politics. The view was that this was not only a good thing in itself, but enabled those involved to “take charge of their own lives”. But politics is primarily about taking charge of other people’s lives. It is precisely those in charge of themselves that have no need of politics. The commentator then listed the marvelous things that this involvement in politics had yielded - primarily recreational projects built at taxpayer expense. So it boiled down in the end to forming gangs and using the power of that gang to extract money from other people. I was hoping for “started businesses”, “got jobs”, “became educated” kind of things. But apparently that’s not the way the poor and oppressed should improve their lot, by improving themselves and their families. Instead they should get together to get their slice of pork. Not quite the uplifting saga of the American Dream one might hope for.

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Theodopoulos Pherecydes Wednesday, 28 January 2004 at 11:14

Consuming one’s slice of pork seems to me the rational thing to do. What is needed is to tattoo on the palm of every politician and bureaucrat in the Republic: “Subsidies increase what’s subsidized - Taxes decrease what’s taxed.”

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Tracked from Samizdata.net: Taking v. making on 28 January 2004 at 07:36

Thought Mesh has a post that captures the lefty/statist mindset like an entomologist with a nice long needle. I made the mistake (again!) of listening to the local NPR station. One of their features is a segment where a law professor opines on society ...

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