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The Greed of the New Progressives

Henri Erti
April 20, 2017
Richmond Times


A young African-American protester in Milwaukee unintentionally gave on live television the new progressive definition of greed. Apparently societal imbalances emerge because “rich people got all this money and they not trying to give us none.” We should not blame this young man for such words. He is living according to the standards of new progressive thinking.

The term income inequality has become the liberal buzz phrase alongside democratic socialism, transgenderism and fair share-ism. As if the grotesque history of socialism can be omitted by adding “democratic” to it, or biological facts can be overruled based on how you feel before entering a public restroom. Not to mention the difficulty of quantifying in concrete terms what fairshare would mean in a diverse society with trillions of individual preferences and internal economic calculations.

But “greed” has gone through perhaps the most peculiar progressive redesign. It is now considered greedy to want to keep what you’ve earned and it is noble to take from others. Should one disagree with this argument, you shall be reminded about the social contract which supposedly necessitates fair-share thinking and confiscation of wealth. The problem with this, however, is that a contract requires the voluntary consent of the signer. Have you signed or seen this “social contract”?

Progressives badmouth conservatives as white, rich and greedy people with no compassion for the worse-off. Yet, studies show that conservatives are far more generous to private charities than liberals. On the other hand, it is well known that liberals are very generous with other people’s money.

Most of us wouldn’t walk to our neighbor and take his/her property because that would be theft. Yet, a troubling number of Democratic voters are completely fine with voting for state bureaucrats to do the stealing for them. And that’s not greedy?