Quotes of the Day: Uncommonly Sage Observations From a Rather Unlikely Source

I haven’t read this gal before, but am so far impressed.  Here are two excerpts from a couple of recent articles of hers at The Telegraph in the UK:

From “America has become an Old World country

So Europe got the American president it wanted – the one who would present no threat to its own delusions. The United States is now officially one of us: an Old World country complete with class hatred, ethnic Balkanisation, bourgeois guilt and a paternalist ruling elite. And it is locked into the same death spiral of high public spending and self-defeating wealth redistribution as we are. Welcome to the future, and the beginning of what may turn out to be the terminal decline of the West.

From “We’re heading for economic dictatorship

Now there are some people for whom this will not sound like bad news. Many on the Left will finally have got the economy of their dreams – or, rather, the one they have always believed in. At last, we will be living with that fixed, unchanging pie which must be divided up “fairly” if social justice is to be achieved. Instead of a dynamic, growing pot of wealth and ever-increasing resources, which can enable larger and larger proportions of the population to become prosperous without taking anything away from any other group, there will indeed be an absolute limit on the amount of capital circulating within the society.

The only decisions to be made will involve how that given, unalterable sum is to be shared out – and those judgments will, of course, have to be made by the state since there will be no dynamic economic force outside of government to enter the equation. Wealth distribution will be the principal – virtually the only – significant function of political life. Is this Left-wing heaven?

Well, not quite. The total absence of economic growth would mean that the limitations on that distribution would be so severe as to require draconian legal enforcement: rationing, limits on the amount of currency that can be taken abroad, import restrictions and the kinds of penalties for economic crimes (undercutting, or “black market” selling practices) which have been unknown in the West since the end of the Second World War.

Note:  According to The Telegraph, Janet Daley was born in America, and taught philosophy before beginning her political life on the Left (before moving to Britain, and the Right, in 1965) – all factors that inform her incisive writing on policy and politicians.

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2 responses to “Quotes of the Day: Uncommonly Sage Observations From a Rather Unlikely Source

  1. I’m counting on the local black market to keep us going and prosperous…as long as we don’t get too prosperous, we may be able to get away with it. No one is forcing us to redistribute our pies – yet.

    • M. – Hey, nice to know you’re checking in now and again. But, yes, I think you’re exactly right. Why, I’m even coming around to the notion of alternate currencies (for local application, possibly), although gold and silver have forever and always worked better than pies (or cowry shells). I’d be highly motivated by options to “work for crab” or “work for lumber” (or firewood). Doesn’t pay all the bills, but, hey, food and fuel are primary stuff. Also, I think you might be right about “too prosperous”, it does seem to complicate things. Cheers, HT

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