From Jonathan Chait today:
Consider Will’s column from the past weekend. It centered primarily on climate change, a favorite Will topic – he is a climate-science skeptic. Occasionally, Will ventures forth to cast doubt on the science directly, but he usually takes the total falseness of the climate-science field for granted and proceeds from that basis. In his recent column, Will argues that liberals made up the global warming scare in order to justify their desire to ration energy:Because progressivism exists to justify a few people bossing around most people...
Now, aside from the conservative anti-science, I love this line, "Because progressivism exists to justify a few people bossing around most people..."
Even at the height of government power in the 1960s, when were people ever anywhere near as bossed around by government as by the free market, as by, say, THEIR BOSS!
The more income inequality we have, the more plutocracy we have, the more people get bossed around. It's very often government that PREVENTS large numbers of people from being bossed around. Try being an indentured servant to a private student loan holder, after being conned into a culinary institute and now working at Taco Bell. See how bossed around you are.
Yeah, before the progressive movement in the early 1900s, people were never bossed around.
It's not who DOES the most bossing around, it's who fears being bossed around the most.
I'm a high school graduate, low income mom. I don't care who bosses me around, everyone does, and I'm used to it.
George Will has a perception of himself as an Independent, self sufficient person. I see him like that "Waldens Pond" guy, who went on and on about living the simple life, while his mom and sister spent hours every day going back and forth to his paradise, delivering him food and clean clothes, so he could obsess about 'simplicity'.
George Will doesn't know he's an idiot, completely helpless in the 'real world'. And I don't have enough spare time to explain it to him.
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