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Subject: Re: Will the Whizzers Win? Date: 7/3/2008 9:22 PM
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>> Is "class warfare" a code expression used in libertarian worlds? I'm not very knowledgeable about the libertarian vernacular, but I read several uses of this expression at TMF. <<

It's not Randian per se, but it is to me what some on the left wage in the name of fairness.

One can reasonably argue that those who have been blessed with the opportunities our system provides should contribute more to the common good. I agree with that.

No, when I refer to "class warfare" I don't merely think of people who think the rich should pay more. I think of politicians who use the politics of envy and resentment to stoke the fires of those who feel "cheated" by the system. I think of politicians who specifically pit haves and have-nots against each other, actually trying to increase the resentment and friction. This (IMO) ridiculous idea of a "windfall tax" on Big Oil is a perfect example to me. No one called to "help" Big Oil in 1985 with $10 oil and they were hurting while Houston real estate went into the toilet; why is it now okay to "hurt" them now when they don't even set the market price for oil?

Note that I don't think all liberals or all Democrats engage in it. But in many cases, to be your party's standard-bearer, you have to engage in it big time...and then back away from it in November. Same is true for core Republican issues like tax cuts (spending and deficits be damned) and religious values (First Amendment be damned).

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