Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Easy grabbing of other people’s stuff

 Easy grabbing of other people’s stuff

Robin Hanson hypothesizes that talk – even highfalutin’ talk – of inequality is meant to justify the easy grabbing of other people’s stuff.  If Robin is correct, concerns about income or wealth inequality reflect instincts that are quite the opposite of any sentiment that should be called “progressive.”  A slice:
I suggest that most talk about the problems of inequality actually invokes this ancient hypocritical ability to covertly discuss where to find lots of nice easy-to-grab stuff….
But if those few very rich folks had real physical super-powers, we would be a lot more afraid of their simple physical retaliation. They might be very effective at physically resisting our attempts to take their stuff. So somehow, conveniently, we just wouldn’t find that their unequal wealth evoked as much deeply felt important-social-issue-in-need-of-discussing moral concern in us. Because, I hypothesize, in reality those feelings only arise as a cover to excuse our grabbing, when such grabs seem worth the bother.

D.C. CIRCUIT SMACKS OBAMA: “The president may not decline to follow a statutory mandate or prohibition simply because of policy objections.”

Seems like this might apply in quite a few situations.

HOW’S THAT HOPEY-CHANGEY STUFF WORKIN’ OUT FOR YA? (CONT’D): The Administration of the “Least Untruthful Answer.” But honestly, they don’t even live up to that standard.

RELATED STORY:Sen. ROB PORTMAN: Uncovering the full truth about IRS abuse of power. “Big scandals start off as small stories. The controversy engulfing the Internal Revenue Service seems to grow bigger every day. What began as what the Obama administration said was a handful of ‘rogue agents’ in a local Cincinnati office has turned into a scandal that runs all the way to the highest levels of the IRS and maybe beyond. The question every American should be asking is this: Just how far does this story go, and when is President Barack Obama going to do something about it?”

WASHINGTON POST: IRS probing thousands of small businesses, raises eyebrows in Congress. “The Internal Revenue Service has sent letters to thousands of small business owners questioning whether they shorted the coffers this past year, sparking criticism from some lawmakers who believe the agency is bullying mom-and-pop companies.”

Don’t assume the facts - and don’t wait for them.


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