We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
I always thought America was about some sort of social equality where all had equal rights and human dignity. Equality of wealth and income is another whole kettle of fish. A good piece by Kaus in Newsweek: Obama and Income Inequality: No New Brazils!
There are two big questions to ask liberal opponents of income inequality. 1) What, exactly, is it about greater economic inequality that's so bad? and 2) What you gonna do about it?
It's worth reading. One of the constants I find in Lefty writings (not in Kaus) is the assumption that wealth and income is zero-sum, like slices of a pie. That is, that there is a set total amount of income and/or wealth in the world. Whether they write that way to fool the ignorant, or really believe it, I do not know.
One of the most interesting things about liberals is trying to decide whether they are trying to fool the ignorant or whether they actually believe. When you throw into the mix the fact that they consistently excuse themselves from the social engineering they thrust on others, one leans toward the former. But what about when Nancy Pelosi says firmly that extending unemployment payments is the best way to create jobs? It is a puzzlement.
The Elephant's Child
it's a bit of both, and as time progresses it becomes ever more a belief system, a religion.
Marx is great and Lenin was his prophet, so to speak.
So while Marx probably not for a moment believed what he ranted about, Lenin believed for a small part, Stalin a bit more, and Pelosi believes it pretty much completely.
Whether they write that way to fool the ignorant, or really believe it, I do not know.
I tend to go for their really believing it. If you are ignorant, you can't fool the ignorant. As a prime example of the ignorance of the libes: recall Nancy Pelosi stating that natural gas was not a fossil fuel.
I also recall polls which show that knowledge of economics is to be found more among the wingnuts than among the libs.
Which reminds me of the old saw that wingnuts consider libs ignorant, and libs consider wingnuts to be evil. They just KNOW we are evil.