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Big Government and Inequality

June 25, 2012

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.

Further reading:
How the 1% need government the most

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. Locke permalink
    June 26, 2012 8:19 am

    Today’s revolutionary becomes tomorrow’s dictator. Lenin fought for the poor. Look how that turned out. Human beings don’t know how to do equality. Would the even get what they want with it?

    • June 26, 2012 9:08 am

      I’ve never really been an “equality” person. I don’t get the appeal either. You can get there by cutting everyone down to a low level, but who wants that?

      People want to use government as a deus ex machina to solve problems, but that doesn’t work when the government is, at least, a part of the problem.

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