The View From 1776
Thursday, August 04, 2011
The Morality Of Tax Hikes?
Why are liberal-progressives so insistent about raising taxes, despite the risk of prolonging and deepening unemployment?
Liberal-progressives outraged by the failure of Democrat/Socialists to win direct tax hikes on “the rich” in the recent debt-ceiling deal assert that such tax increases are necessary, not only to reduce the deficit, but also as a matter of moral principle. What is the basis of that assertion of moral principle?
Morality has to do with the principles by which a society or a religion determines the difference between right or wrong conduct.
Judeo-Christianity, in the Old Testament and the New, teaches that acquiring wealth is acceptable conduct, if done legally and ethically. But the wealthy are to see themselves as the beneficiaries of God’s grace and to regard themselves as stewards of what God has bestowed upon them. They are to deal fairly and charitably with widows, orphans, the infirm, and others who have fallen on hard luck. The Judeo-Christian ethic is an individual one. Each person is answerable to God for his own conduct.
Liberal-progressive morality arises from the godless, materialistic secularity of the socialist religion. The role of God in human affairs is dismissed and replaced with the presumed superiority of human Reason in the abstract. History is moving forward as an independent evolutionary force, in the Marxian sense, inevitably toward a good socialist society. Individuals play no role in this historical process outside their membership in various social and economic classes. Only the political and intellectual elite see what is best for members of these classes, and it is their obligation and privilege to determine how members of those classes are to live their lives.
Anything that stands in the way of this historical process is immoral in the purview of liberal-progressivism. Judeo-Christian ethics and our historical free-market economic individuality must be crushed.
Because the major aim of theoretical socialism is equality of income and elimination of privilege, the collectivized socialistic political state must take from “the rich” and redistribute their income to favored social and economic classes.
That is liberal-progressive morality.