February 15, 2012

BRYAN CAPLAN VS. THE HATERS:

When someone drops out of high school, overeats, or fails to exercise, you tell us that their behavior is only “human.” But if a conservative or libertarian objects to paying taxes to help people who make these choices, you get angry. Question: Why are you so forgiving of people with irresponsible lifestyles, but so outraged by people who don’t want to pay taxes to help people with irresponsible lifestyles? This seems morally perverse.

Well, understand that people who are fat and stupid don’t undermine the power of the political class — they enhance it. People who object to paying taxes, on the other hand, threaten the whole feedlot.

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