In the below-linked video, the great Ben Shapiro delivers a brief, commonsensical dissertation on “income inequality.”
His argument is straightforward, well thought-out and bullet-proof. And, of course, we’ve said the very same things in these pages. (Here — all the way back in February of 2014!) I appreciated especially the part where Shapiro torpedoed the nonsensical idea that the wealthy attain their prosperity by stealing from, or taking advantage of, the poor.
The entire video is excellent, but Ben begins his discussion of income inequality at about 7:13 into it. Here it is:
Many times in these pages, we’ve demonstrated that the income inequality “issue” is a fraud. It’s a non-issue. Income inequality is not only a good thing, it’s a necessary thing for a free, healthy society. The reasons are many, but the simplest one is this: If someone makes way, way more money than you, then that means that the possibility exists for you to make way, way more money.
Income, and other inequalities, are nothing more nor less than the visible evidence that you have the opportunity to improve your lot in life.
Otherwise stated: In any society where income equality is achieved, then guess what: What you have right now is all you get. You can’t get any better, go any higher, do any better. ‘Cause it’s all supposed to be equal, you see.
Furthermore, societies have achieved income equality throughout history. A lot of them. In fact most of them. How’d that work out? We called those societies “feudal societies,” and the people were known as serfs. “Serf” is a synonym for “slave.”
In such societies, everyone except the rulers had equal incomes, equal possessions, equal land holdings. Which is to say: None of these things, or very, very little. Equal, though! Except the ruling classes, of course.
I’m referring back to primitive feudal societies that were structured much like prehistoric communities. However, we’ve seen such primitive, brutish “equality” much more recently as well. We still have it too! We called those societies: “Communist countries.”
If your income is equal to everyone else’s then you can’t have more possessions than anyone else either.
Income is used to acquire possessions, so even the very term “income inequality” is a fraud. The ones trying to achieve “income equality” are really trying to get to “possessions equality.” Well, there’s only one way to do that: take away everyone’s possessions. And one sure way to do that is to make everyone’s income equal, and the only way to do that is to take away everyone’s income. That is, of course, the openly stated goal of Socialism.
Guess what happened to the American Democrat Party when they allowed the senile, old crackpot Bernie Sanders to be an acceptable candidate in their midst: They became the American Socialist party in all but name.
When the Democrats talk now, ever so earnestly, about how awful income inequality is in America, they’re really telling you that you have too much stuff, and that they’re coming to take it away from you in the name of what they call a greater good. Really, though, it’s nothing more than hearkening back to primitive prehistoric and feudal societies. And then they have the nerve to look you right in the eyes and say that they’re… “Progressives.” If they weren’t actually serious about that hogwash, it would be laugh-out-loud hilarious.
Finally: Here are two countries that have largely conquered income inequality: North Korea and Sudan. As it happens, there aren’t a lot of people scurrying to move there.