The concept of "redistribution" falsely implies that the existence of property is prior to the existence of the state. #mythofownership— Matthew Yglesias (@mattyglesias) September 18, 2012
A 1998 audio clip of President Obama singing the praises of wealth redistribution is making the rounds today.
For conservatives, Obama’s attitude doesn’t come as much of a shock, but it’s certainly worth spotlighting. For liberals, the concept of wealth redistribution is one that should be embraced. That’s certainly the case for Slate “real reporter” Matt Yglesias, who argues that ownership is just a myth.
In Matt’s universe, your business? Your life? You didn’t build that. Your property? You didn’t own that. Ever. Matt’s credibility as a “real journalist”? He didn’t earn that.
Anti-statist Twitterers were more than happy to dish out the business to Yglesias. Hard:
Yglesias is free to hand off all his worldly possessions to The State. Elizabeth Warren and Chairman Mao would be ever so pleased. Meanwhile, we’ll hold on to what’s rightfully ours. We rather enjoy our life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.