Freedom Quantified?

February 25, 2011 at 3:48 pm (By Randy)

There’s no practical and honest way to organize society around the notion of freedom. The majority has to use other sorts of language to bring the outliers toward the average. Criminals are “punished” or “incarcerated.” The rich are taxed at higher rates under the absurd notion of “giving back” something they didn’t actually “take” in the first place, assuming their activities stimulated the economy and created wealth where there had been none. (Hedge fund billionaires are obvious exceptions.)

It seems to me that envy, not freedom, or even selfishness, is the organizing principle of society. And maybe that’s the only way it can work.

(Dilbert creator Scott Adams)


  1. mockturtle said,

    Randy, it sounds very ‘Ayn Rand-ian’ but there’s probably a lot of sense to it, too. If I have to choose between oppression by the rich or oppression by the state I’ll take the former any day.

  2. Randy said,

    Adams is relatively libertarian in outlook, and not the least bit shy about it. At the same time, he didn’t pull any punches when interviewing a noted libertarian thinker about his views. (The interview is not far below the blog post I linked)

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