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Understanding the Liberal Social Contract

The liberal argues that the rich got that way off the backs of the poor, and therefore, the rich owe the poor something in return.

In reality it is not the rich giving something back to the poor. It is the government forcing people who make good decisions to subsidize those who make poor decisions. Over a long period of time let’s put downward pressure on all those people who make good decisions by taxing them heavily. Let’s also subsidize those making poor decisions.

What do you think will happen after a long period of time?

Society will have fewer and fewer people making good decisions, and more and more people making poor decisions. Society will slowly get a build up of people who make poor decisions. Eventually, this society will collapse due to the weight of the poor decision makers.

Where is modern liberalism headed? Collapse!

[The Liberal]

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There is nobody in this country who got rich on his own. Nobody. You built a factory out there—good for you. But I want to be clear. You moved your goods to market on the roads the rest of us paid for. You hired workers the rest of us paid to educate. You were safe in your factory because of police forces and fire forces that the rest of us paid for. … You built a factory and it turned into something terrific or a great idea—God bless, keep a big hunk of it. But part of the underlying social contract is [that] you take a hunk of that and pay forward for the next kid who comes along.

[The Conservative]

[Its] premise is that individual is a chimera, that any individual’s achievements should be considered entirely derivative from society, so that the achievements need not be treated as belonging to the individual. Society is entitled to socialize—i.e., conscript—whatever portion it considers its share. It may, as an optional act of grace, allow the individual the remainder of what is misleadingly called the individual’s possession.

How George Will Misunderstands Both Elizabeth Warren And Liberalism | The New Republic

Russia’s Faded Army Fights Losing Battle to Reform Itself – WSJ.com

One of his first tasks, he recalls, was toiling past midnight shoveling snow and ice from a football-field-size parade ground. The work that followed was menial, humiliating and of little practical use, he says. Combat training consisted of two firing exercises a year, he says, and a chunk of his paycheck was routinely withheld by corrupt officers.

“When I realized that being a professional soldier was just the same as serving as a conscript, I wanted to tear up my contract and get out of there,” he says. He quit when his commitment ended in July, he says, “but we had guys who simply ran away.”

Russia’s Faded Army Fights Losing Battle to Reform Itself – WSJ.com