If you read Matt Yglesias today, you have to wonder if he is paying attention to American politics at all. Some basic points-
- Liberals/progressives/Democrats/center-left folk’s end goal is a world more equal for everyone.
- Conservatives/libertarians/Republicans/humble Burkeans’ end goal is a world more unequal for everyone.
Why is this? Conservatives believe the natural order of the world is one where one group is on top-rich over poor, men over women, white over minorities. Therefore, there is no problem in government rewarding this. If this means taking money out of the poor and middle classes’ hands, even better. The producers certainly deserve it.
One thing so many liberals need to stop doing is pretending conservatives are something that they’re not. They don’t care about the “value proposition of government services.” They care that those they deem worthy live well off and the rest suffer for their sin of not being worthy. At least one former conservatives knows this. Why doesn’t Matt comprehend this?