Daily Archives: January 15, 2011

The civil discussion of the left

Nice compendium of civilized discussion from the left here.

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Evil vs. Good

Paul Krugman

One side of American politics considers the modern welfare state — a private-enterprise economy, but one in which society’s winners are taxed to pay for a social safety net — morally superior to the capitalism red in tooth and claw we had before the New Deal. It’s only right, this side believes, for the affluent to help the less fortunate.

The other side believes that people have a right to keep what they earn, and that taxing them to support others, no matter how needy, amounts to theft. That’s what lies behind the modern right’s fondness for violent rhetoric: many activists on the right really do see taxes and regulation as tyrannical impositions on their liberty.

Abraham Lincoln:

“I believe that every individual is naturally entitled to do as he pleases with himself and the fruits of his labor, so far as it in no way interferes with any other men’s rights”

I’ll acknowledge that Ol’ Abe never won a Nobel Prize or taught at Princeton, but I’ll still go with him, rather than Krugman.

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