The Left’s Siren Song of Coerced Equality
January 12, 2017
Since I can’t even keep track of schools of thought on the right (libertarians, traditional conservatives, neocons, reform conservatives, compassionate conservatives, Trump-style populists, etc), I’m not going to pretend to know what’s happening on the left.
But it does appear that something significant – and bad – is happening in the statist community.
Traditionally, folks on the left favored a conventional welfare state, which revolved around two components.
- Means-tested programs for the ostensible purpose of alleviating poverty (e.g.., Medicaid, food stamps, welfare, etc).
- Social-insurance programs for the ostensible purpose of alleviating sickness, unemployment, and aging (e.g., Social Security, Medicare, unemployment insurance, etc).
But now the left has expanded its goals to policies that are far more…
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