I Demand Equity and Redistribution Because I Want to Make Myself Poorer
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Are you better off in a society that distributes unfairly, that is hyper productive, or in a society that distributes production fairly, but everyone is poor?
The leftists in the USA continually cry for equity, trying to demand redistribution of wealth, so that everybody has the same amount that no one is left behind.
Could this work?
Well the experiment has already been done and the answer is definitive.
Examine merely the Berlin Wall, separating East Germany from West, and look at the data as to which group of people was trying to escape from which side to which.
The East Germans had to put armed guards in watch towers, to prevent its own citizens from climbing over the barbed wire wall, firing upon anyone who did, and even with that, a number of citizens still gambled their lives trying to escape.
When you dictate that everyone must be equal, and tell the hyper-productive for the good of society, you remove the incentives of those wishing to outcompete the other for whether the reason be wealth, access to more desirable sexual partners, fame. The rationale for putting in 100 hour work weeks, ala Elon Musk, is vaporized.
You are limiting the competition, and thus the overall output of society.
Which means you are distributing, equally, a far smaller pie that, if grows at all, will be at minuscule rates compared to where competition is incentivized, and the products are not even close to the same quality as in societies where competition is incentivized. Just look at all the beautiful Communist Nations and the history of their existence. Look at the former cars that were available in former Eastern Bloc countries that you’d be lucky would make it a few miles before breaking down.
I lived for 6 months in Eastern Europe, and heard stories from friends I made who didn’t get their first pair of shoes until they were 7 years old, of the hunger they faced, the long lines, and amongst the older people, the deep lines etched on the ill-tempered faces told all the story you would need to hear.
If you could actually get a look inside of the dire poverty and gulags of North Korea today you could get a taste of what Eastern Europe was like during the “equity” imposed by Communism.
But, if you seriously want to march and dance to the song of equity, just look at the remnants of the Berlin Wall, and watch footage of people slain trying to escape to the west … and then ask yourself which side of the wall you’d rather live on.
Think about it, then kindly gaze down at the beautiful screen of your capitalist made iPhone which gave Steve Jobs more money than he could possibly spend, which allows you to instantly send a message to all your Antifa brothers, that you won’t be participating in smashing in the windows of storefronts and cars of people you’ve never met.