This is a brief pause to our tour of Charles Murray’s new book. The overarching purpose of this blog is to gradually assemble an irrefutable array of material fortifying my Schelling Fence* position that governmental efforts to redistribute wealth are immoral, ineffective and destructive to the political economy and culture. I’m coming up on 6 years of weekly, consistent research and writing on this theme and have yet to find any credible argument validating Marxists criticisms of capitalism or statist views supporting an expanded welfare state.
I’ll continue to do it – week after week searching for any possible cogent article or book out there that would challenge the fact that wealth redistribution is a stupid idea. Every week I Google ‘wealth redistribution’, click on the ‘news’ button, and then read the articles. Here’s an example of a recent one arguing for wealth confiscation and redistribution from a British “working class academic”:
She concludes: “Today I don’t want to get rid of the rich – I just want to tax them until their eyes bleed.”
Nice! That’s not a reasoned argument – it’s just raging, misguided envy, hatred and jealousy. It’s all they’ve got. Our wealth, well-being and American lifestyles are secure – safe from leftist resentment, anger and dumb ideas. Talk to y’all next Tuesday.
* Scott Alexander (Slate Star Codec) taught me the outer limits of reason and argument. A Schelling Point/Fence is a pre-commitment to vigorously defend a position (e.g. forcible wealth redistribution is wrong!) that is calculated to be correct using Bayesian reasoning and Game Theory. As I re-watched one of my favorite movies, War Games (1983), and re-perused my 2nd edition copy of Theory of Games and Economic Behavior (1944), it occurred to me that awareness of Game Theory and Information Theory are becoming increasingly important to understanding our complex world.