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A curious principle

Armstrong Williams | 12/14/2012, 12:24 p.m.
At Thanksgiving, embracing the winds of change and increasing our faith

It is dangerous to assume that all the rich are virtuous and all the poor are lazy or spoiled. But it is equally foolish to assume the converse or the inverse. There are good people and bad people in all social classes. But anyone with children will tell you that the old "teach a man to fish" cliche is universally true. We aren't teaching anyone to fish, even when we're subsidizing their education, which is just another freebie, just another reward for nothing.

Margaret Thatcher once said that there is no such thing as society--in other words, society is just another word for a collection of individuals. It is reducible to the individual. Similarly, there is no such thing as social class. Not only are social classes reducible to individuals, but by designating people as a "class," we create the false impression that everyone of a same semi-arbitrary income level is in league together.

Fetishizing any class of people is absurd. Reid, the most obstructionist politician in the history of Washington, is always sanctimoniously prattling on about the middle class, and generations of left-wing writers have sung paeans to the underclasses. There is no reason to divide people up into groups like this--the market doesn't, and ultimately, the market is the only cure for poverty.

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