Tragedies Play Out According to Their Internal Logic

by Don Boudreaux on March 1, 2010

in Business as usual, Current Affairs, Debt and Deficits, Other People's Money, Politics, Population, Reality Is Not Optional

Mark Steyn’s “Our Own Greek Tragedy” is a masterpiece of prose and wisdom.  To whet your appetite:

We hard-hearted, small-government guys are often damned as selfish types who care nothing for the general welfare. But, as the Greek protests make plain, nothing makes an individual more selfish than the socially equitable communitarianism of big government. Once a chap’s enjoying the fruits of government health care, government-paid vacation, government-funded early retirement, and all the rest, he couldn’t give a hoot about the general societal interest. He’s got his, and to hell with everyone else. People’s sense of entitlement endures long after the entitlement has ceased to make sense.

(HT Colin at To Get Rich is Glorious)


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