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“(Liberals’) largest achievement is today’s redistributionist government. But such government is inherently regressive:”

January 8, 2012

It tends to distribute power and money to the strong, including itself.

That’s George Will, with an excellent column about how the pursuit of “social justice” through redistribution is a self-defeating strategy.

I’ll pick two short excerpts. One:

Government becomes big by having big ambitions for supplanting markets as society’s primary allocator of wealth and opportunity. Therefore it becomes a magnet for factions muscular enough, in money or numbers or both, to bend government to their advantage.

I’ve made that point before. The more power government has over our daily lives, the more we will attempt to influence the government to use that power to our own advantage. The more we do so, the more profitable government becomes for those able to control it.

Think Godfather.


…redistributionist government is itself governed by the law of dispersed costs and concentrated benefits: For example, sugar import quotas confer substantial wealth on a small cohort of producers already wealthy enough to work the political levers of redistributive government. The increased cost of sugar substantially penalizes consumers as a group but not so noticeably that individuals protest.

Read the whole thing. Yeah, I know Will tends to be thick and thesaurus-heavy, but this is worth it.

One Comment
  1. January 10, 2012 8:34 am

    When you were working those government jobs, you weren’t concentrating your power, or helping your boss do so?

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