Dan Mitchell’s piece below has reflected my words: Capitalism has brought me prosperity and a higher standard of living than what my family had in the 1860’s. We had to work but our people were given great opportunities.
The poor consistently lose when it comes to left-ist schemes and attempts to create equality of outcomes. I easily could have been one but I was able to use skills and talents to do differently.
To take away my windfalls due to someone else’s “beef” is stupidity. You should feel free to attempt to do better and create your own windfall.
When you take away my reason for trying, I might just do something along those lines.
Some of them are motivated by resentment against those who have achieved success. These are the people who support the hate-and-envy message of politicians such as Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren.
Others folks on the left, by contrast, are motivated by sympathy for the less fortunate.
That’s a noble sentiment. Where they go wrong is in thinking that the economy is a fixed pie. This leads them to the mistaken conclusion that some people are poor because other people are rich.
Maybe I’m overly optimistic, but I think these people can be convinced to support good policy if they learn the facts about how free markets and limited government are a proven recipe for prosperity.
Today, let’s look at how poor people have been the biggest winners. Professor Max Roser of Oxford University recently shared a profoundly important tweet about the dramatic reduction in global poverty. We see not only that poverty rates have plummeted, but also that falling poverty rates are correlated with increases in per-capita GDP.
In other words, everyone is getting richer. There’s no fixed pie.
As you might expect, regions that are friendlier to capitalism have enjoyed bigger increases in prosperity and bigger reductions in poverty.
The bottom line is that people who care about the poor should be the biggest advocates of free enterprise.