Saturday Book Review: Ron Paul Liberty Defined: Envy

by wisdomhunt

If I can stomach it, I intend to review Liberty Defined chapter-by-chapter so that you never have to read it.

I raise [envy] in this context because envy is one of the driving forces of redistributionist policies in the United States, an emotion and motivation endorsed every day on the editorial pages. It is the secret motivation behind the unrelenting attacks on the rich heard every day inside Washington, a town whose population includes some of the most well-to-do people in the entire country.

Redistribution policies may very well be (in some cases) motivated by envy. But let’s also consider why redistribution policies may be necessary and not just motivated by envy.

Envy is one of the seven deadly sins. Another deadly sin is greed. If so many “capitalists” weren’t motivated by their greed, then perhaps so many others would not be motivated by envy that it creates.

And perhaps we need to reconsider the entire system that facilitates this greed, rather than the envy.

Previous chapters reviewed:
The Introduction
Austrian Economics

Business Cycle
Campaign Finance Reform
Capital Punishment
Central Intelligence Agency
Civil Disobedience