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Tuesday, April 10, 2012
The Perfect World
Once upon a time, in a land far, far away, there was a civilization that was perfect: no crime, no hunger, no greed, none of the citizens of this land had any want or need ever go unfulfilled.
Nobody was more important than anyone else (since that would be illegal), so there were no feelings of inferiority among the masses. Nobody was deemed smarter or duller than anyone else (again, illegal to claim to be smarter, or point out anyone as dumb), and so nobody ever felt alienated and alone. Nobody had more material wealth than their neighbors (you guessed it: illegal), so that everyone was happy and content. Everyone was equal in every way in this fair and just land.
Life in this culture was idyllic and perfect.
But it wasn't always so. In order to achieve this heaven on earth, much work had to be done, much thinking by those who were a little more average than the masses (not smarter, that's illegal you see), and the programs that these noble and decent civil servants established eventually transformed the imperfect previous culture into one that suited all the citizens.
The more average (not above average, that would be illegal) leaders first decreed that those who unfairly earned more than average would yield that windfall in earnings to the government via taxes. Those that earned less than average wages would be given the windfall earnings by the government after it had been taken from the greedy ones who unfairly earned it initially. And everyone was at peace once all citizens had no more or no less than anyone else.
And so it went with all 'unfairness' that went on before, the more average leaders ensured that unfairness was illegal, and in the fullness of time, they achieved a perfect society.
And everyone lived happily ever after.
This foolish story sounds like a children's fairy tale, doesn't it? Where in the name of fairness there was not a tear to be found in any eye, at any time, ever. But it's not a fairy tale. This is the thinking of modern day Western liberals. Much of Europe seeks to achieve this utopia via idiotic legislation, and now the American Left is seeking to achieve this Nirvana as well through the same hare brained legislation as Europe.
Capitalism sometimes creates winners and losers, you see, and liberals can't stand the unfairness of someone winning at the expense of someone losing. So they want to get rid of it, and install a Marxist/Socialist Nirvana that will eliminate anyone ever losing again.
But these same liberals can't understand that this same capitalism that they detest in the long term allows EVERYBODY to win given their natural talents, abilities and gumption for life. Instead, they seek to tear down the successful to average levels, and give those supposedly ill gotten gains to the down trodden via massive wealth transfer programs to ensure we achieve Utopia in the fullness of time.
What liberals choose to ignore, however, is the results of their wealth transfer schemes over the vastness of mankind's experience: it has never worked anywhere or at any time in human history.