LIbertarians: Champions of the Poor and Working Man!

144 Hooray!s for Wendy now becoming a libertarian champion of the working man!

http://www.dailybell.com/editorials/36041/Wendy-McElroy-In-Praise-of-Working-People/

This has been my inner complaint for a long time, that libertarians fail to even talk about how liberty literally is better for the poor. Stossel rightly pointed out one of the last things the Tunisian man Mohamed Bouazizi said, he who sparked the uprising in Tunisia, was “The poor have a right to do business too!”. He was selling fruit and the policeman robbed (“confiscated”) his scales that weighed the fruit he sold.

This applies to all libertarian issues. Just a few “political” issues: (1)The Salvation Army does better than government at caring for the homeless. (2) The Red Cross and Christians at emergencies (Hurricanes Andrew and Katrina, 2001 tsunami, etc). (3) Samaritans Purse, Doctors Without Borders, (4) medical missionaries (Dr. Livingston, I presume?) at delivering medical services to the poor; (5) Food for the Hungry, Christian Charities, at getting food to the hungry; (6) Christian churches at providing charity services through their brethren overseas.

Just heard a panel of blacks on CSpan asking black media persons to pay more attention to black entrepeneurs.

My Dad was not just a Pentecostal preacher, he was a welder for a time and (ahem) postal carrier. He always encouraged my thinking, and my Mom, too, though with more personality quirks. I remember my first euphoric trip to the library, and they always encouraged my education.

I was always disgusted by snobbishness. The snobs of the 1960s Left on my Ivy League campus (paid for by 100% financial aid) disgusted me. I was the only one at the “black table” in the coffee shop (Not there to make the point, they were just easy friends) To this day, the left-fascists loudmouths that spout laughable platitudes about “racism” disgust me, because they are guilty of all their accusations. They spew “diarrhea from the mouth” about the poor but never gave a dime for them. (Some few do, but they may eventually join us, like I did).

They wouldn’t talk to the union workers (at the time I was Marxist) because they were “hardhats”. The reaction to the visit to campus by UAW representatives seeking support for their strike was almost nil. The student body president took a bunch of us on a trip to “study the poor” (for a study credit for him no doubt) by visiting a guy growing pigs on the banks of the Mississippi River in East St. Louis. Kid you not. There were electrical workers on strike nearby at a tower, and the guy almost spit out his sneering “hardhats” at the mention.

By the time I managed to get a medical exemption from the draft (in 1971) in Berkeley California, I realized the “leaders” of the movement cared nothing for the poor or the workers. Later when I read the book “None Dare Call It Conspiracy”, it made total sense.

Revolution is initiated, grown, organized, and carried to fruition by the elites and the rich, because throughout history, until the last century or two of American history and some extent in Europe, the poor did not have time for anything but survival at subsistence. By around 1900, literacy in the US was above 90%, and they read things like the McDuffy readers. They are not stupid.

The best workers despise the unions and most of all the union bosses. Education? Church building used to double for schoolrooms in the West and probably in colonial times too. Missionaries often offer free schooling to the poor as part of their mission, with no government moneys. Hypocrite left-fascists are free to do the same with their own ideas of what’s good for kids.

The end of drug wars and financial crimes (tax laws for example) and other bans against non-coercive social and economic activities would do a lot more for the poor than for the rich, who would lose the government guarantees that favor bigger over better.

Minimum wage hurts the poorest of the poor.

Freedom from unions takes power from union bosses and returns it to the worker. Call it “freedom from union bosses”. (Freedom from Mafia extortion too, which no doubt has supported forced unionization laws)

Freedom from drug laws cuts criminal cartels out of the picture and removes one of the longest-lasting legacies of racism and abuse of the poor.

The end of the war machine brings peace for the poor too.

And despite the objections of objectivists, I think your depiction of Ayn Rand as having influence in the sometimes disdain of some libertarians for the poor, is spot on correct. There are some few among them and others who move in the shadows, I’m convinced, who have an idea that there is a group that will “naturally” emerge as equivalents of rulers in a voluntary society, or minimalist society.

A sign of this is her evident rejection of arguments against copyright and patent, in my opinion, reflects that. The patent theme runs through Atlas Shrugged, and she jealously guarded her copyright. This contradicts her statement that patents protected “the mind’s contribution in its purest form: the origination of an idea“, because she had to propagate the idea of self-ownership and her basic ideas among others to get them to buy the other “products” of (her own) mind.

Wendy, thank you for letting us “read your thoughts”.

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