We all have elements of privilege of which we are heirs. This is NOT a crime and should NOT be the raison d’etre for apology. We should strive to make the most of our privilege, and be worthy of it.
Does a native-born Chinese have privilege in China because he or she knows the culture, language and has familial ties? I would hope so.
Does a black man from a well-off family in Nairobi have privilege in Kenya? Yep.
Laying collective guilt at the feet of an ethnic group or race is inexcusable; it is certainly a view that has no place in free democratic societies.
Singling out race-based or socioeconomic privilege is NOT speaking truth to power; it has its roots in bigotry & racism.
It is the same ideology that fueled murderous acts of collectivists in the communist revolutions of Russia & China.
The toxic ideology continues, now masquerading in softer cloth as social justice, Intersectionality and identity politics. Proponents can no longer overtly defend the record of socialism/communism in 20th century; so now they must tone down the rhetoric.
As Orwell alludes to, the socialists didn’t really love the poor as much as they hated the rich.
It is time to call out identity politics, charges of White Privilege and the toxic ideology that underpins it; it’s time we learned the painful lessons the bloody social experiments of the 20th Century.
We can do better. It’s time to rediscover the sovereignty of the individual in the tradition of Chydenius, Locke and Bastiat.
“Without economic growth, there is no wealth to share.”
Lessons for America?
Welcome to another edition of Friday’s Philosophical Foray beyond Healthcare!
One of the most important history lessons in the power of economic freedom to alleviate poverty and improve the lot of the ordinary citizen did not occur during the industrial revolution in America. It has its roots in a relatively obscure Swedish leader & political philosopher. He was a Finnish-Swedish clergyman, writer, and political philosopher, whose ideas and advocacy pre-dated that of Adam Smith.
The freedom of Swedish people to pursue self-determination which empowered individuals to trade, act and associate voluntarily with others was championed by the words & deeds of Anders Chydenius (1729 – 1803).
After his death in 1803, Chydenius’s libertarian ideas where perpetuated by the Aftonbladet news publication in Stockholm, a news outlet started by Lars Johan Hierta, which was instrumental in spreading the message of economic freedom against the guilds and mercantilism which dominated Swedish economic policy under the King.
In 1840, the new Finance Minister Johan August Gripendstedt, the architect of Sweden’s new market economy, continued the market reforms. His policies ignited economic expansion and growth based on free trade, sound monetary policy and modicum of govt regulations.
Between 1850 – 1950, Sweden’s per capita GDP increased almost seven-fold. Infant mortality improved by 86% and life expectancy increased by 26 years! By 1950 Sweden was one of the richest developed countries and had one of the most open and deregulated economies in the world; with tax rates LOWER that the United States and most European Countries.
Until 1960, Sweden had low taxes, minimal gov’t intervention in the economy, free trade and strong private property rights.
To explore this subject in detail, please watch Johan Norberg discuss Sweden’s rise to prominence in his video below.
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