The mask slips

Peter Saunders’ mask slips while attempting to debunk the commonsense Left view that more equal societies are healthier: he drops all pretence that the Right’s project will produce anything other than great inequality (“Prophecies of an egalitarian utopia based on false assumptions”, The Australian, 9/9). Clearly those who advocate this result envisage themselves among the minority who benefit from it, a delusional state sometimes called “aspirational”.

But his principle that “hard work and risk deserve reward, and equalising shares can be quite immoral” is easily accommodated: we’ll only redistribute wealth not acquired that way. Frankly, I don’t think it will make much difference.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.