Economic Equality – Professor Chesterton

“Free people are not equal, and equal people are not free.”

“Don’t get hung up on differences in income when they result from people being themselves. If they result from artificial political barriers, then get rid of those barriers. But don’t try to take unequal people and compress them into some homogenous heap. You’ll never get there, and you’ll wreak a lot of havoc trying. Confiscatory tax rates, for example, don’t make people any more equal; they just drive the industrious and the entrepreneurial to other places or into other endeavors while impoverishing the many who would otherwise benefit from their resourcefulness. Abraham Lincoln is reputed to have said, ‘You cannot pull a man up by dragging another man down.'” –Lawrence W. Reed, Seven Principles of Sound Public Policy