Why Don't American Statists Move to North Korea?

by Jacob G. Hornberger
Jun. 13, 2010

Except for the fact that the North Korean regime doesnít kowtow to U.S. officials, my hunch is that American statists really donít really object in principle to the North Korean way of life. After all, the North Koreans have simply taken liberal and conservative principles to their logical conclusion.

In North Korea, people believe that the job of the state is to take care of people. Isnít that what American liberals and conservatives also believe? Isnít that what Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, ObamaCare, unemployment compensation, welfare, education grants, food stamps, corporate subsidies, minimum-wage laws, public housing, bank bailouts, foreign aid, and all the other welfare-state programs are about?

Prior to the enactment of the federal income tax, Americans were free to keep everything they earned and to decide what to do with it. People werenít forced to help the poor. Charity was voluntary. If someone decided to hoard all his money and refuse to donate one penny to his aging, ill parents or to the poor, there was nothing the government could do about it.

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