The liberal “because inequality” politics gets to me. ...MORE
On December 4, President Obama rolled tape on the lame liberal line on inequality. After the glory years of liberal social legislation, minimum wage, Social Security, Medicare/Medicaid, something went wrong in America, the president said. ...MORE
THE most obvious thing about Obamacare is that it is unjust.
It is unjust in the way that it forces responsible people to subsidize irresponsible people.
It is unjust in the way that it forces young people to subsidize older people.
It is unjust in the way that it forces everyone to subsidize big business like insurance companies, health providers, and Big Pharma.
It is unjust in the way that it forces liberal ideology about contraception and abortion on the rest of us.
It is unjust in the way that it forces individuals to get with the program while putting off for a year the mandate for employers.
And so on.
And that's just today, as Obamacare gets started. You can bet money that Obamacare will multiply its injustices in the future as the special interests work their will on the law and its regulations.
Here is a principle to guide us on this. Any government program, however noble its goal, will end up as a gross injustice, because government is force, the cockpit of power, where the powerful force the powerless to submit to them.
Let's take the great edifices of the welfare state and investigate the injustice in their foundations.
Social Security started as an attempt to relieve the poverty of the aged, at a time when old people were commonly poor and at a time when the age expectancy at birth was about 65 years.
But today seniors are the richest kind, healthy and wealthy, on average. Why are we forcing young and middle-aged people, in the middle of their great effort to raise families, to support people like me?
I will tell you what Social Security is: it is generational injustice.
I will tell you what generational justice looks like. It looks like a private savings system where people retire when they can afford to. What does that look like? It means that you can retire when you have created enough jobs for young people with your savings to yield a decent retirement income. The government's role in such a system would be to help, e.g., manual workers that really can't work past about 45 to 50 years-old.
Ditto Medicare. It encourages senior citizens to shop around from doctor to doctor looking for the magic pill to put off the natural ageing process, and it culminates in heroic end-of-life care that makes end of life a nightmare for millions of the aged and their children. We expect working people to pay for this?
Welfare is a different kind of injustice, because it discriminates against the "deserving poor" and rewards the scam artist that has learned how to play the benefits game. Back in the 19th century the charities all agreed that it was monstrous for the idle poor to make a higher income that the industrious poor. But now we have enacted precisely that program, and demolished the low-income family into the bargain.
We all know how liberal politics works. It is all "because inequality." It used to be that the left justified increased government power with "because exploitation." But that argument has worn a little thin except in the most extravagant circles. So now liberals argue that their big government plans are justified "because inequality."
And that is what President Obama was telling us in his inequality speech on December 4, 2013. We need a higher minimum wage, more education spending, pro-union laws, etc., "because inequality."
Conservatives must get out there with a new message. We must cut government spending "because injustice," because all government programs end up as a gross and indecent injustice.
The conservative politician that can sell "because injustice" to the American people will be the next Ronald Reagan.
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OBVIOUSLY, with the rollout of Obamacare, liberals are in a tight spot. And we know why. It goes back to Hillarycare and the "Harry and Louise" TV commercials run by the insurance industry. Harry and Louise liked their health insurance and they didn't think that a plan devised by a Hillarycare bureaucrat would be good for them. That's why President Obama had to lie, again and again, and say ...
THE TROUBLES of Obamacare serves all those liberals right. But you can still feel for CNN’s kid now in medical school that voted with enthusiasm for Obama and now wonders what went wrong.
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Andrew Coulson, Market Education
How universal literacy was achieved before government education
Carl Kaestle, Pillars of the Republic
How we got our education system
James Tooley, The Miseducation of Women
How the feminists wrecked education for boys and for girls
James Tooley, Reclaiming Education
How only a market in education will provide opportunity for the poor
E.G. West, Education and the State
How education was doing fine before the government muscled in
Hernando De Soto, The Mystery of Capital
How ordinary people in the United States wrote the law during the 19th century
F. A. Hayek, Law Legislation and Liberty, Vol 1
How to build a society based upon law
Henry Maine, Ancient Law
How the movement of progressive peoples is from status to contract
John Zane, The Story of Law
How law developed from early times down to the present
James Bartholomew, The Welfare State We're In
How the welfare state makes crime, education, families, and health care worse.
David Beito, From Mutual Aid to the Welfare State
How ordinary people built a sturdy social safety net in the 19th century
David Green, Before Beveridge: Welfare Before the Welfare State
How ordinary people built themselves a sturdy safety net before the welfare state
Theda Skocpol, Diminished Democracy
How the US used to thrive under membership associations and could do again
David Stevenson, The Origins of Freemasonry
How modern freemasonry got started in Scotland
David Aikman, Jesus in Beijing
How Christianity is booming in China
Finke & Stark, The Churching of America, 1776-1990
How the United States grew into a religious nation
Robert William Fogel, The Fourth Great Awakening and the Future of Egalitarianism
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Work to restore the Road to the Middle Class. Heres how. Ground it in faith. Grade it with education. Protect it with mutual aid. Defend it with the law. more>>
The Road to the Middle Class is a journey from a world of power to a world of trust and love. In religion, it is a journey from power gods that respond to sacrifice and augury to the God who makes a covenant with mankind. In education, it is a journey from the world of the spoken word to the world of the written word. In community, it is the journey from dependence on blood kin and upon clientage under a great lord to the mutual aid and the rules of the self-governing fraternal association. In law it is the journey from the violence of force and feud to the kingŽs peace, the law of contract, and private property.
When we began first to preach these things, the people appeared as awakened from the sleep of agesthey seemed to see for the first time that they were responsible beings, and that a refusal to use the means appointed was a damning sin.
Finke, Stark, The Churching of America, 1776-1990
In 1911... at least nine million of the 12 million covered by national insurance were already members of voluntary sick pay schemes. A similar proportion were also eligible for medical care.
Green, Reinventing Civil Society
We have met with families in which for weeks together, not an article of sustenance but potatoes had been used; yet for every child the hard-earned sum was provided to send them to school.
E. G. West, Education and the State
Law being too tenuous to rely upon in [Ulster and the Scottish borderlands], people developed patterns of settling differences by personal fighting and family feuds.
Thomas Sowell, Conquests and Cultures
The primary thing to keep in mind about German and Russian thought since
1800 is that it takes for granted that the Cartesian, Lockean or Humean scientific and
philosophical conception of man and nature... has been shown by indisputable evidence to be
F.S.C. Northrop, The Meeting of East and West
Inquiry does not start unless there is a problem... It is the problem and its
characteristics revealed by analysis which guides one first to the relevant facts and then,
once the relevant facts are known, to the relevant hypotheses.
F.S.C. Northrop, The Logic of the Sciences and the Humanities
But I saw a man yesterday who knows a fellow who had it from a chappie
that said that Urquhart had been dipping himself a bit recklessly off the deep end.
Dorothy L. Sayers, Strong Poison
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