The Politics Of Envy (Reposted)

I have run into several comments/posts/videos this past week that reminded me of this opinion piece that I originally posted in July of 2012. It still applies. Envy is used politically by the left to create an atmosphere of resentment and hate. It is VERY IMPORTANT that we do not fall into the trap.

“The rich should pay their fair share.” 

…”when you spread the wealth around it’s good for everybody.”

“Nobody’s ideas or effort are really that much more innately valuable than that of their peers. You can, however, use your abilities to steal that much money.”

”The central lie here being getting rich through hard, honest work. I don’t think anyone has ever gotten rich without the determination of screwing other people out of their money.”

“Romney never created any jobs. He only created wealth for his partners. There is a big difference.”

“If you’ve got a business, you didn’t build that. Somebody else made that happen.”

I am very afraid that our country – the Republic where Capitalism has reigned all these many years – is being lost to Socialism.  Statements such as those quoted above are easy to find, and they come from both our politicians in Washington DC and the average guy on the street.

In 1966, the German sociologist Helmut Schoeck wrote  Envy: A Theory of Social Behavior.  He argued that envy is the root cause of socialism and compulsory wealth redistribution.

“You’ve got something I want. I can’t have it, so I’m going to destroy what you have. I don’t want anyone to have it unless I can have it.”

This is the attitude of the individual who doesn’t want to lift himself up but, instead, wants to pull everyone else down to his level.

The politician who calls for extortionate taxes on the rich or on corporations, even though he knows that the wealth of the rich is re-invested to provide jobs and tools to the less rich, is an example of the politics of envy. The politician would rather that the economy have low growth or no growth rather than allow the rich person to retain most of the income that is produced by his capital.

In Obama Wants Fairness More than Jobs  (American Thinker), Karin McQuillan says,

In a debate with Hillary, Obama explained that even if raising taxes on the rich brought in lower revenues — as it usually does — he would prefer it to more revenue because it is “fair.” To Joe the Plumber Obama explained that “spreading the wealth around” was the reason to raise taxes on a hardworking plumber. Joe was building up a quarter-million-dollar-a-year small plumbing business — Obama’s definition of the selfish rich.”

As Winston Churchill famously said, “Socialism is a philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance, and the gospel of envy, its inherent virtue is the equal sharing of misery.”

The most troubling thing about this is that many of our fellow citizens (and non-citizens) agree with this way of thinking. We have almost reached the point where the takers outnumber the donors.  This is a shame not only for the donors, because the takers are losing their souls, and don’t even realize it.  An envious man cannot move ahead in a positive way – he is frozen – and therefore has robbed himself of the self-satisfaction that the successful man knows very well.

Medieval theologian Thomas Aquinas said of Envy: “Envy according to the aspect of its object is contrary to charity, whence the soul derives its spiritual life… Charity rejoices in our neighbor’s good, while envy grieves over it.”

A big problem in the United States is that the majority of our citizens today have never really experienced poverty, or even much deprivation.  The poor in our country are the richest “poor” in the world.  The social safety net has been killing us with kindness.  Since there is no sense that a man prospers through his work, with the resulting sense of pride and accomplishment, there is only resentment for those who have excelled.

In Nelson W. Aldrich Jr.’s Old Money, he states that “…envy is more or less than desire. It begins with the almost frantic sense of emptiness inside oneself, as if the pump of one’s heart were sucking on air. One has to be blind to perceive the emptiness, of course, but that’s what envy is, a selective blindness.  Invidia, Latin for envy, translates as “nonsight”,” and Dante had the envious plodding along under cloaks of lead, their eyes sewn shut with leaden wire.  What they are blind to is what they have, God-given and humanly nurtured, in themselves”. 

We have a nation where many of our citizens do not know that the United States of America is a Republic, much less know what that means.  They do not understand the free enterprise system.  Saddest of all, they do not realize that it is within them to dream, and realize that dream in this great country.

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30 Responses to The Politics Of Envy (Reposted)

  1. John Denney says:

    “Greed” gets a lot of attention, but it’s only one of the Seven Deadly Sins.


  2. Josh says:

    The Tenth Commandment: “Thou shalt not covet …”


  3. stella says:

    Envy is also a sin. Envy used as a political tool is evil. Another video that bears reviewing:


  4. Dixie Darling says:

    “This is the attitude of the individual who doesn’t want to lift himself up but, instead, wants to pull everyone else down to his level.”

    One bad apple spoils the whole barrel…….

    The picture: Socialism – Making People Poor since 1917.

    There, but for the grace of G-d, go us.


  5. nyetneetot says:

    My only criticism would be of the picture “What is Socialism”. Socialism and Communism are pretty much the same thing. Fascism and Communism are different in concepts of private property. And as an aside Capitalism isn’t even a philosophy the way the others are, it’s a resulting action.
    Meanings of words have been played with for about a hundred years.


  6. doodahdaze says:

    The greatest lie of all time.
    “spread the wealth around”
    No wealth is being spread around. Only the work product of us fools who work and pay tax on our work. In addition to what he can borrow with our work as collateral. Of all the hoaxes this may be the whopper.


  7. stella says:

    Socialism is a philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance, and the gospel of envy, its inherent virtue is the equal sharing of misery.

    Winston Churchill


    • doodahdaze says:

      True that. But a debate about it is taboo on the MSM top to bottom. We have long been socialist in a way. The creed is from each according to his ability. (anyone who works pays income tax) To each according to his need. (Taking the tax on your work product and giving it to those who do not work) This is spreading your work product around. Not your wealth around. PC is the way to stifle the debate about it all. It seems to have worked. Now we have the vast population of unemployable people of the democrat base. We are in major trouble.


  8. lovemygirl says:

    The statement “We have a nation where many of our citizens do not know that the United States of America is a Republic, ” is absolutely true. I’ve had more than a few online call me stupid or crazy because I didn’t know it was a democracy. They even thought democracy meant a winner take all approach like Obama wants. This is when I started talking to my daughter about things that she normally wouldn’t be interested in.


  9. Reblogged this on My Daily Musing and commented:
    In the Bible it says envy is a sin so I believe it puts socialism with envy as a sin too.


  10. doodahdaze says:

    What if Obama proclaimed all welfare recipients will be assigned a job of work. For the common good. Workers of America will unite and have to work to pay their water bill and health insurance in the interest of fairness for all. If you can not find a job one will be assigned to you. If you do not work up to the Dept. of Labor regulations your pay will be cut. The department of Equal Work will determine if you meet your work quota, and your workers rations will be based on your performance. Comrades we must unite arm in arm and march to the future.


    • partyzantski says:

      You are right on target! Don’t forget the residency permits, the closed cities, special “Zil” lanes for the motorcades of the high apparatchicks. Then the currency becomes unconvertible, and the black market blooms like clover on a warm summer day. Unoffical exchange rates proliferate and everyone becomes a de facto criminal, just to survive.

      If you want a vision of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face – forever.

      -George Orwell


      • doodahdaze says:

        Send them to the Cane Fields. Work will set them free Comrade. It is good for them and will reduce obesity. It is for the common good of the community.
        Yes, communism is based on the poor doing their fair share of actual work.
        Now I see the rich bourgeoise democrats are getting donor fatigue. They may figure out he is a hoax. Taking their money to elect democrats, who take their money to give to poor democrats.


    • Josh says:

      doodahdaze, I believe your “what if” IS a goal of the grand plan.


  11. P.Spinach says:

    Socialism as purported and instanced by Obama in his acts is merely another media-enabled version of the Clinton Foundation, false Baptist organizations receiving large fed sums of taxpayer money or an African tyrant led country. A large proportion, over 80% of the money goes to feed the self-serving, pretending-to-care officers and heads of state, while only a dribble eventually reaches the needy masses. This is how ValJar’s slums were created. None of these buildings created to house aliens, children, etc welfare projects are self-sustaining. It relies heavily on tax money to keep going. When another crony steps to the plate to bid on their fair share, projects are abandoned, new ones begun, and the absolute certainty is that the politocrats and lobbyists take their fair share.


  12. Mike says:

    Reblogged this on makeaneffort and commented:
    Yes… it certainly still applies, as it always will.


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