Redistribution – evil concealed by money

Another great Walter Williams column today. I enjoy reading Prof. Williams since he does something similar to what I try to do here at Conservative247. He just does it so much better.

So, can an evil act be “transformed” into something that seems much more legit? Onward to your next lesson – using great analogies – about conservative principles.

Here is a couple of paragraphs from Prof. Williams’ post, Evil concealed by money.

Imagine there’s an elderly widow down the street from you. She has neither the strength to mow her lawn nor enough money to hire someone to do it. Here’s my question to you that I’m almost afraid for the answer: Would you support a government mandate that forces one of your neighbors to mow the lady’s lawn each week? If he failed to follow the government orders, would you approve of some kind of punishment ranging from house arrest and fines to imprisonment? I’m hoping that the average American would condemn such a government mandate because it would be a form of slavery, the forcible use of one person to serve the purposes of another.

Would there be the same condemnation if instead of the government forcing your neighbor to physically mow the widow’s lawn, the government forced him to give the lady $40 of his weekly earnings? That way the widow could hire someone to mow her lawn. I’d say that there is little difference between the mandates. While the mandate’s mechanism differs, it is nonetheless the forcible use of one person to serve the purposes of another.

Do read the full article.

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