The latest playground insult for adults? You\’re so \’leftwing\’
David Cameron seems to be hoping \’leftwing\’ will stick as an insult – much like the way \’liberal\’ is thrown about in the US
Ignorant, counter-productive, these aren\’t insults either but they are usefully descriptive of much of the British left wing.
Yes, I know, I\’m going off on Worstall Rant #162 and will soon start foaming at the mouth and screaming.
There\’s nothing at all wrong with desiring a richer, greener, more equal perhaps world. Similarly praising the dignity of manual labour, thinking that we\’d all be better off with a bit more community and a little less individualism.
Even the elimination of rent seeking, the removal of the power of one over another.
You can agree or not agree with any of these goals as you wish: they\’re goals, largely determined by your priors, your morals and prejudices. I might disagree with some, you might. Might prioritise individual liberty a little more than that communal outcome, whatever.
But what drives me into that screaming froth mouthed rage is that so much of what is proposed by the so called \”left\” in Britain is actually counter-productive given their expressed goals. And I can only think that this is because they are ignorant of the consequences of the actions they propose to supposedly reach their goals (I doubt very much that any of them are bright enough to be evil about these things. I\’ve worked, as you know, in politics and none of them strike me as that clever).
Yes, the dreary litany: they argue for higher corporation taxes when such taxes are, in large part, actually paid by the workers in lower wages. They argue for high tax regimes, highly progressive tax regimes, to fund a large state, without realising that you can only fund a large state with regressive taxation. They argue for national pay deals refusing to see that these kill people. We must keep the NHS as the last Stalinist bureaucracy in Europe despite the obvious failures of such Stalinist bureaucracies.
Polly\’s \”we must be more like Sweden\” without anyone going and doing the work to understand why Sweden fucking works.
And this is where the froth mouthed screaming rises to hysteria: I could design them a system which achieves their goals better than the idiocies that they themselves put forward. We know how to lower the gini, we know how to provide more affordable housing, we know how to provide better equality of opportunity and even greater equality of outcome.
But the fuckers just won\’t listen, will they?