Redistribution, Share the Wealth and Halloween?
This past Halloween nothing came clearer to me understanding the fundamental differencebetween forcing assets to accommodate those who have less to that of hard work and reward.Dropped off two groups of kids set out totrick-or-treat in our neighborhood. Onegroup saw the custom as a social eventthen to actually go door to door to eachhouse for treats. The other group wasassertive and inventing wanting to collectas much sweets they could so the candywould last them a month. After a night of walking, talking with friends, and door bellringing, we all gather together to itemize our tally.
The “social” group had a small amount toshow for. The assertive group had pillowcases full of candy. The “social”
group complained andsaid that the other group should share for they had way too much; more then they need andwere greedy to not give up anything. The assertive group saw it another way, they work hard for it, going to every door so they would have candy for a month. So I played the role of anentitlement based government.
Being a father of minors, I had real power. To keep the group of “socialites” happy, I instructed(forced) the “asserties” to give up half their earnings so the other group at lease ha
d somethingto keep them quite from complaining. The group who worked hard felt cheated and stolen
from… and would not
hit every door next year if there is no reward. Some could say that thegroup that had more should have had humility and just given the others what they had. This was
not the case. The “social” group did not want to work for it… they basically used the other group
to attain all the candy so they could force their social skills to gripe at me about their version of a
Kids are the finest example of human nature…
a nature we keep with us all of our life. Takingaway the incentive keep what you work for will only generate less the following year when the
“assertive” group is no longer
. This is the core example why socialism fails. Over time,those who would drive themselves to succeed do nothing and the
“sacks of candy”
dwindledown to a few small bags (poverty). But, the opposite
would be the case if I said “tough luck” tothe “socialites”.
What would happen
if I was not a “fair share” dad
? The lazy group would exude jealousy, anger and resentment; a
ngry at me for not forcing “redistribution”.
The following year, the
would make a pack to show up the
“assertive” group that they
attain more candy (wealth) thenthe competition and not share one piece out of revenge. The assertive group would find outabout the plot and devise even more creative techniques of hitting even more houses and askfor more candy at the door. The following year would be very profitable, motivated, inspired,competitive and vary wealthy (candy). This is the finest example of capitalism when you keep