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.
Lileks's essay is vivid, isn't it? Love that. And PJ's book is a gift I still give to the occasional young person who I think might get it.
It's just a feeling they have, that there is lots of money out there that they could redistribute properly, but it's being hidden and protected somehow.
No amount of data makes this feeling go away.
Assistant Village Idiot
nah, they don't even think past the moment or their immediate surroundings. They just see that someone, somewhere, has more than themselves and feel that that's "not fair" and that they should have the same stuff the richest person has, never mind that they've themselves never lifted a finger in their lives to earn a living.
But they never had to. Everything they wanted, everything their heart desires, always appeared as if by miracle. That it appeared because their parents (and later taxpayers) worked 12-14 hour days, 7 days a week, and had to pay half or more of their income in taxes to get them that free stuff, they never realise and even if they did they wouldn't care because in their world view of inflated self importance, ruled by their selfie sticks, nothing matters except that they get whatever they want and that they get it NOW.
In their world view there's no limited supply of anything at all, and if there's something they can't get it's because someone else is deliberately preventing them from getting it and that's "not fair" and those "evil people" "should be punished".
"It's just a feeling they have, that there is lots of money out there that they could redistribute properly, but it's being hidden and protected somehow."
In a sense they are right about it being "hidden and protected". It just never occurs to them that it is "hidden and protected" in the sort of investment vehicles that routinely create wealth not simply for the wealthy but also for many, many "regular Joes".
How do those leftie tenured academics think their nice pension funds work? By magic?