by Brad Nelson
Guilt (misplaced guilt) is absolutely central to the problems we face today, both economically and morally. The misplaced guilt by those who have done well and are living well is one of the things tearing us apart. It’s one of the things fueling Marxism and socialism, both of which are highly destructive to people, economies, and morality. Such misplaced guilt has led many to support (wittingly or unwittingly) destructive leftwing measures to “spread the wealth” and to otherwise (as it always does) punish hard work and reward sloth — things which lead to misery, poverty, and moral corruption.
So many of us have prospered and done well under this system of freedom, innovation, hard work, and voluntary trade. But what we are told nearly every day now is that “the rich get richer and the poor get poorer” as if those who have done well are at fault. But that is not the case. Quite contrary to Marxist dogma (which is the dogma our president believes), rich (or middle class) people don’t get rich by stealing from the poor. The poor, by definition, have nothing to steal. Wealth is something that is created in a free market system, a system healthily driven by profit, competition, and ruled by the consequences (good and bad) of our actions.
No other system throughout the entire history of mankind has produced such good or goods. Even our “poor” have cars, microwave ovens, and computers. But what have many people done who are the beneficiaries of this system? In so many cases, instead of perhaps teaching kids and others what it takes to become a success, they take the coward’s way out. They promote “social justice” which is basically teaching people that they’ve been screwed and have a right to other people’s property.
What tries to pass for “compassion” and “sensitivity” to those who have less is really moral cowardice and narcissism. Few have the guts to stand up and say “Not only is working hard, providing for yourself and your family, and making a profit a good thing, it’s the only way for society to function. And such a way of functioning is good. It’s not perfect, but nothing ever is.” Instead, far too many cower in the face of political correctness, Marxism, and socialism and apologize for having worked hard all their lives and done well.
And I say that they are not only cowards but narcissists because the concern of many is how other people think of them, not what is right or wrong. And as anyone with even an ounce of wisdom understands, defending right in the face of wrong has its burdens. It won’t necessarily make you the world’s most popular guy to say “Hey, instead of trying to confiscate property from others via government with your endless stream of sob stories, get off your butt and get a job.”
But who wants to do that when you can just mouth silly concerns over “social justice”? By doing so you need never face the sometimes difficult task of defending right and wrong or defending that which has brought prosperity and goodness to so many. Besides, some just can’t resist the feel-good, self-congratulator buzz they get from engaging in moral exhibitionism. Some love pandering to what they call “the poor” but who are, in reality, a mob. And it is a mob — not justice — that they are helping to create.