A liberal posted this story on Medium… It’s inheritance that is immoral, not inheritance tax. Here’s my reply…
On the one hand, Jemima and Edward would spend their £1,000,000 inheritance to start a deplorable sweatshop in Mozambique. On the other hand, the government would spend their inheritance on schools, health, social care and any number of other wonderful things.
Except, at least here in the US, the government doesn’t only spend people’s money on wonderful things. Our government has spent and continues to spend gazillions of dollars on killing people.
Now, if you could somehow guarantee that the government won’t spend people’s inheritance on war… then you’d be acknowledging that we can’t trust the value judgements of elected representatives. If we can’t trust that they won’t waste people’s money on unnecessary wars… then we can’t trust that they won’t waste people’s money on bridges to nowhere.
If Jemima and Edward did spend their money to build a sweatshop in Mozambique… then it would be up to each and every consumer to decide for themselves, with their own money, whether or not the sweatshop was deplorable… or wonderful. If you thought it was deplorable… then you’d be free to boycott it. Nobody would force you to spend your money on something that you thought was deplorable.
Your freedom to exercise your own judgement with your own money is exactly how and why the market works. Unfortunately, this really isn’t how the government works.
And I doubt that you’re going to believe me, but everything that’s fundamentally wrong with the world is the result of preventing people from deciding for themselves, with their own money, whether something is deplorable or wonderful.
When you prevent nearly everybody from directly valuating endeavors… the logical and detrimental result is that a massive amount of money will be regularly wasted on deplorable endeavors.
I just noticed a ladybug larvae randomly crawling on my laptop. Guess it hitched a ride on me when I took out the trash. I took the time to carefully coax it onto a napkin, take it outside, and carefully coax it onto a plant.
Maybe one day you’ll understand and appreciate the incredible benefit of people having the freedom to spend their own time and money to nurture and support and care for the things that they consider to be wonderful.
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