…the left has pretty much given up. They are too committed to a reactionary defense of their 50-year-old failures, or they are too busy working themselves up into a frenzy of envy aimed at anyone who is richer than they are. It is telling that in Thomas Piketty’s blockbuster book on inequality, his one big proposal is a wealth tax meant to cut down the people at the top—not any program to lift up the people at the bottom.
— Robert Tracinsky, What would a real war on poverty look like?
That’s what socialist schemes do. It’s never to make everyone equally prosperous and happy. It’s always to make everyone equally poor and miserable. We’re told the millennials value equality over liberty, as if Patrick Hale said, “Give me equality or give me death” and there’s an equality bell in Philadelphia.