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  • John Spritzler

IS ANYTHING THE RIGHT OF *ALL*?

The general public (non-upper class people, both conservatives and liberals!) overwhelmingly agrees with the egalitarian principle of "From each according to reasonable ability*, to each according to need or reasonable desire with scarce things equitably rationed according to need."


If society were FULLY shaped by this principle, then the liberals who respond positively to the slogan "Medicare for All" would be completely happy. (A freeloader is, by definition, a person who does NOT contribute reasonably according to ability but who still insists that those who do so provide him/her with the fruits of their labor.) And the conservatives who don't want their taxes being used to provide things to freeloaders would also be perfectly happy because the egalitarian principle is clearly NOT freeloader-friendly. The ruling class FEARS the unity of the general public that this egalitarian principle makes possible. This is why the ruling class CENSORS any explicit expression of this principle in the mass media and elsewhere. The ruling class very cleverly provides us with slogans that REJECT the egalitarian principle in one way to appeal to liberals and anger conservatives and in another way to appeal to conservatives and anger liberals. The first slogan is "X is the right of ALL" where X is something like health care or a universal basic income, etc. The "right of ALL" words anger conservatives (very understandably!) because they mean that even freeloaders have a right to the fruits of the labor of those who contribute reasonably according to ability. The second slogan is "Theft is immoral." This is what Ron Paul says in response to "health care is the right of ALL" in a video comparing Ron Paul's view on health care to Bernie Sanders's view. [1] This slogan says it's wrong, and it is a form of theft, to force health care providers to work for people--to provide them with a service--who don't reciprocate in any way with those providers. Sometimes the conservative slogan is "Slavery is wrong," which is how Rand Paul (Ron's son) expresses it. It's the same point. This slogan angers liberals (understandably!) because it is used to defend a status quo in which deserving people are denied what they deserve to have. The ruling class knows that by using these two kinds of slogans it can pit one half of the general public (the liberals) against the other half (the conservatives.) All it has to do is make sure that anti-egalitarian slogans dominate the public discourse. If we simply choose which of these divisive anti-egalitarian slogans to embrace (and express anger at the "other side" for not embracing it) then we will be falling right into the TRAP that the ruling class has so cleverly created for us. How about we expose the trap for what it is and advocate the egalitarian principle? [2] --------------------------- * Egalitarians, being reasonable people, will no doubt count children and retired elderly and people physically or mentally or for any other reason unable to work as "working reasonably" even though they do no work, and likewise deem it "reasonable work" when people care for their own or other children or for other sick adults or attend school or apprentice programs to learn skills so as to be able to work in the future. 1. Watch the video embedded here, at time point 1:37 : https://www.realclearhealth.com/video/2017/04/27/is_health_care_a_right__bernie_sanders_vs_ron_paul.html 2. https://www.pdrboston.org/is-health-care-a-right-for-free-loaders

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