Wednesday, October 19, 2011

9 Questions for Occupy Wall Street

1. Do you value equality over utility? If system A resulted in a higher standard of living for all, but more inequality, and system B resulted in lower living standards for all, but less inequality, which would you prefer?

2. Would you rather be a member of the top 1% in 1890 or part of the lower 50% today? Hint: only one group has penicillin, automobiles, cell phones, chemotherapy, internet, refrigeration, indoor electricity and central heating and air conditioning.

3. Statistically, there has to be somebody in the top 1%. Do you concede the possibility that these individuals change over time? Thinking more about this concept, consider that only seniors get diplomas. But does this mean they're taking anything away from freshmen, sophomores or juniors?

4. Is it greed to want more wealth through voluntary, capitalistic transactions? Is it greed to want to take money from others to pay for loans you agreed to pay back?

5. Do you believe that wealth is a fixed sum, where the only consideration is how to divvy it up, or do you think it is actively created? If the former, how do you explain the explosion of living standards (greater per capita wealth) over the last 200 years even with a greatly increased population? If the latter, what type of system do you think incentivizes people to create more wealth?

6. Do you value security over freedom? Does your answer regarding economics apply equally to national security and civil liberties or free speech? If not, why?

7. You describe yourselves as “the 99%.” Do you think that the argument of “there are more of us than there are of you” is a just and effective way to run a country? Is there anything that government may absolutely not do, even if supported by the majority?

8. If a large bulldozer were driving through your neighborhood destroying houses, would rather spend your energy trying to change who was driving the bulldozer or getting rid of it? Likewise, if the big corporations run the government, do you expect increasing government power to increase or decrease the influence of these corporations? What do you expect would be the result of campaign finance reform designed by bought-and-paid-for politicians?

9. In a capitalist society, what is to stop willing citizens from forming a commune where all possessions are shared? In a socialist society, what is to stop willing citizens from forming a capitalist, property-rights based enclave? Hint: guns.

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