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Political Rhetoric Hides the Reality of Peaceful Production vs. Plunder

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The very nature of modern democratic politics is that it is seen as a means and a mechanism to transfer income to some in society at others’ expense. Virtually every politician runs for office on a campaign platform that promises to extend concrete and specific benefits to various selected groups through the taxing or regulating powers of government. This means that those not designated as deserving of such politically bestowed benefits, or not to the same extent, must be the ones in society who will bear the burden of providing the means needed for the more fortunate segments of the voting electorate. In other words, under present circumstances, the political process, almost inescapably, produces two groups of people in society: winners and losers in the quest for political plunder. This is usually hidden from view through the rhetoric used to rationalize or justify interventionist and welfare statist policies. For instance, since Joe Biden’s inauguration as president of the United States in ...