It’s like this guy is doing a performance art piece on what liberals think conservatives actually believe. He’s not content to beat up on the 47 percent, he’s taking a hatchet to the 99 percent–the parasites living off the sweat and genius of the rich:
“The community” never gave anyone anything. The “community,” the “society,” the “nation” is just a number of interacting individuals, not a mystical entity floating in a cloud above them. And when some individual person–a parent, a teacher, a customer–”gives” something to someone else, it is not an act of charity, but a trade for value received in return.
Yup. That’s why people go to war, tithe at church, have kids–those are all trades for individual value.
It’s not the Henry Fords and Steve Jobs who exploit people. . . .
Each particular individual in the community who contributed to a man’s rise to wealth was paid at the time–either materially or, as in the case of parents and friends, spiritually. There is no debt to discharge. There is nothing to give back, because there was nothing taken away.
Well, maybe there is–in the other direction. The shoe is on the other foot. It is “the community” that should give back to the wealth-creators. It turns out that the 99% get far more benefit from the 1% than vice-versa.
Goodness knows, the only thing wealthy businessmen ever want is an even playing field. They never, ever go rent seeking.
The cherry on top, though, is that this essay is in Forbes. Marxists couldn’t make this up.