The Fundamental Cause of Today’s Social Ills

by | Jul 20, 2000

So philosopher Mark Kingwell [Re: Burgled in the World’s Best Country, National Post, July 12, 2000] believes that the cause of social ills like “crime and riots and beggars on the street” is the envy created by people experiencing poverty? Leaving aside all the anti-business, anti-productivity policies of our socialistic governments that sustain poverty, let’s […]

So philosopher Mark Kingwell [Re: Burgled in the World’s Best Country, National Post, July 12, 2000] believes that the cause of social ills like “crime and riots and beggars on the street” is the envy created by people experiencing poverty? Leaving aside all the anti-business, anti-productivity policies of our socialistic governments that sustain poverty, let’s analyze Kingwell’s underlying philosophy.

In a free society one can avoid poverty by developing one’s mind and acquiring productive skills. Or, one can overcome poverty by seeking out employment for the skills one has and continuously improving one’s skills.

But these non-criminal options presuppose that man possesses reason and volition. Implicit in Kingwell’s philosophy is the view that man is a mindless slave to his emotions. If Paul earns something Peter doesn’t have, Peter is helplessly driven by envy to rob Paul.

The leftist/Liberal solution?

Use the government to rob Peter (i.e., the responsible, hardworking Canadian taxpayer) to appease Paul’s envy. After all, nobody is responsible for their poverty, let alone for their wealth. It’s a perfect illustration how bad philosophy begets unjust, destructive policies.

Anyone truly concerned with today’s social ills need look no further than at the intellectual poison spewing from our so-called intellectuals.

Glenn Woiceshyn is a freelance writer, residing in Canada.

The views expressed above represent those of the author and do not necessarily represent the views of the editors and publishers of Capitalism Magazine. Capitalism Magazine sometimes publishes articles we disagree with because we think the article provides information, or a contrasting point of view, that may be of value to our readers.

Have a comment?

Post your response in our Capitalism Community on X.

Related articles

The Young in America Turn Against Capitalism

The Young in America Turn Against Capitalism

If young people worry and wonder about their retirement future, their health care, and medical needs, their chance to afford a place to live, and a reasonable possibility for their lives to be better and more prosperous than their parents, it is precisely because government over the decades has either taken over or heavy- handedly imposed itself over all these and other sectors of the American economy — and brought them to financial crisis and imbalance.

The Justice of an All-Volunteer Military

The Justice of an All-Volunteer Military

The most equitable and just sharing of the burden of America’s military is assured by its all-volunteer nature, and that conscription would be inequitable and unjust.

No spam. Unsubscribe anytime.

Pin It on Pinterest