Big Government and Inequality
Big government is the source of much inequality, how can it be the cure as well? Bank bailouts, corporate subsidies, anti-dumping laws, protectionism, mercantilism, corporate cronyism, individualized tax breaks, zoning laws, occupational licencing laws, minimum wage laws, public education, intellectual property laws, government sponsored monopolies, etc. So much of what the government does keeps the rich rich and the poor poor. The rich have more control over the government than the poor. If your goal is to use government to make the poor better off, you’ve got to have some viable theory of how to move political power toward the poor first, and I don’t think that’ll happen any time soon. The poor simply aren’t as organized, educated, or motivated as the rich. Bemoaning the lack of free market institutions is itself wishful thinking. We are all part of the system. There is no higher meta-ground we can run to.
How the 1% need government the most