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Countervailing privilege

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  • Harry Pollard
    Hi! We not only teach about privilege, we also explain countervailing privilege - perhaps equally dangerous. I don t think I ve mentioned it before - so here
    Message 1 of 1 , Aug 7, 2006
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      Hi!
       
      We not only teach about privilege, we also explain countervailing privilege - perhaps equally dangerous.
       
      I don't think I've mentioned it before - so here it is.
       
      Of course I've included the nice response I got.
       
      Harry
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      Greetings All!
       
      An insightful analysis!
       
      Regards

      Armand

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      On Behalf Of Harry Pollard
      Sent: Saturday, August 05, 2006 12:57 PM
      Subject: RE: Who Started It? (CS Monitor)

      David,

      Contracts - implicit or explicit - happen naturally between cooperating people - otherwise communities would be impossible. It isn't the law that stops my neighbor from entering my house and stealing my computer - it's the implicit contract between us. The front door isn't locked - another example of the contract.

      To discuss laws, one must define privilege.

      To the Georgist, a privilege is a private law (privi lege).

      Among the conditions that make a good law is the requirement that it should apply equally to everyone.

      A private law - privilege - benefits one at the expense of another (or some at the expense of others).

      I would argue that much, most, perhaps all, modern legislation is composed of privileges.

      Of course, it gets cute with the introduction of "countervailing privileges".

      These are privileges intended to keep the great unwashed quiet.

      If privileges are removing half the wages from the poor, they are likely to get somewhat obstreperous. So, another privilege is passed - perhaps giving them welfare payments. The attention of the recipients then moves away from the privileges that are keeping them poor to the "countervailing privilege" - their welfare payments.

      So, reformers whine about "wealth inequality" and work to get some of the stolen wealth back rather than addressing the real problem - the privileges that create the inequality.

      The latest attempt in Washington is a delicious example of these two privileges. It failed but it will pop up again. This is the motion to reduce estate taxes (a privilege directed to the very wealthy) along with a rise in the minimum wage (countervailing privilege for the proletariat) .

      Harry

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      On Behalf Of David Delaney
      Sent: Thursday, August 03, 2006 6:36 PM
      Subject: RE: [Who Started It? (CS Monitor)

      At 08:52 PM 03/08/2006, Harry Pollard wrote:

      >"Rights" are established only by contract (voluntary is assumed).

      Why not laws?

       
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