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On Appeasing Envy
mises.org ^ | July 30, 2013 | Henry Hazlitt

Posted on 07/30/2013 11:50:04 AM PDT by aquila48

Any attempt to equalize wealth or income by forced redistribution must only tend to destroy wealth and income. Historically the best the would-be equalizers have ever succeeded in doing is to equalize downward. This has even been caustically described as their intention. “Your levellers,” said Samuel Johnson in the mid-eighteenth century, “wish to level down as far as themselves; but they cannot bear levelling up to themselves.”

And in our own day we find even an eminent liberal like the late Mr. Justice Holmes writing: “I have no respect for the passion for equality, which seems to me merely idealizing envy.”

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TOPICS: History; Society
KEYWORDS: envy
Envy and greed - two powerful forces of human nature.

But whereas greed is for the most part self regulating (if I want something that you have we must modulate our respective greeds, barring the use of force), envy doesn't seem to have any similar intrinsic control.

1 posted on 07/30/2013 11:50:04 AM PDT by aquila48
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“It has often been said that power corrupts. But it is perhaps equally important to realize that weakness, too, corrupts. Power corrupts the few, while weakness corrupts the many. Hatred, malice, rudeness, intolerance, and suspicion are the faults of weakness. The resentment of the weak does not spring from any injustice done to them but from their sense of inadequacy and impotence. We cannot win the weak by sharing our wealth with them. They feel our generosity as oppression.”

Eric Hoffer


2 posted on 07/30/2013 11:51:34 AM PDT by SMARTY ("The test of every religious, political, or educational system is the man that it forms." H. Amiel)
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To: aquila48

Remember, the truly selfish people are those who expect others to provide for them.


3 posted on 07/30/2013 11:52:21 AM PDT by SamAdams76
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To: aquila48

Envy is the number one motivator for most democratic voters.


4 posted on 07/30/2013 12:12:10 PM PDT by from occupied ga (Your government is your most dangerous enemy)
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To: aquila48

Income equality is only found in a gulag - unless you are guard.


5 posted on 07/30/2013 12:17:04 PM PDT by Darteaus94025 (Phony President)
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To: from occupied ga

see my tagline


6 posted on 07/30/2013 2:35:15 PM PDT by TexasRepublic (Socialism is the gospel of envy and the religion of thieves)
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