Jay's Tuesday Free Enterprise Quote - 26 June 2012

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"There exists also in the human heart a depraved taste for equality, which impels the weak to attempt to lower the powerful to their own level, and reduces men to prefer equality in slavery to inequality with freedom."

Alexis de Toqueville (1805-1859)

How can you legislate equality of outcome?

Or equality of enjoyment of the fruits of many freedoms?

Does "one size fits all" ever fit all?

Would equality equal slavery, as de Toqueville suggests?

We have all heard it said that if we took away everyone's wealth, everything that everyone has, and put it in a pile, and then redistributed that wealth (sound familiar?) back again in equal amounts to everybody - that in short order the same "inequality" that existed in the beginning would exist again.

Why is that?  For CERTAINLY it is true!

It is because nobody can legislate drive, or desire, or individual energy, or skill development, or productive use of time, or ability in one thing over another thing - or any of a thousand other characteristics that makes each individual just that - AN INDIVIDUAL!

Taking money or any form of wealth from one individual and giving it to another harms only the one it is given to!

Why is that?  Because it is the equivalent of taking water out of one end of a pool and pouring it back into the other end.  Wealth flows to that which attracts it!

Why does a stock price go up at the end of the day?  Because more people bought that stock than sold it.  The company, or products, that risked wealth or attracted wealth in the first place, continued to attract wealth, more wealth in fact than would flee from it.  And its value improves.

So it goes with every person.  We all are paid in life, some more and some less, by what we do and how hard it is to replace us.  The person picking up trash in a park with a nail on the end of a stick can be replaced by a fourth grader, and therefore is paid very little.  Those who rise to the top in each of their fields, and become, therefore, very difficult to replace, are paid very well.  Pick your field and see if that isn't true.  Even in trash collection.


It is better to act than to be acted upon. 

Those who would bring down the "wealthy," however wealthy is defined, would make slaves of those who are not wealthy, because the only way to maintain the new found "equality" of those two groups is by force.

And when we are forced to do or to be something we do not want to do or be, we are slaves to a master.


Why?  Because eventually a new and different inequality will be the result!  But the inequality will be one of privilege.  And H. G. Wells's little Animal Farm metaphor will come to pass - the governing two legs will be "good" and the governed four legs will be "bad."  And the four legs will support the two legs in their "privilege," and de Toqueville's slavery, not freedom, will reign supreme.



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Chris Ann Cleland
Long and Foster REALTORS®, Manassas, VA - Bristow, VA
Associate Broker, Northern VA

You and I are on the same page with this one.  I was watching a show the other night that proclaimed that the successful have benefited from luck and therefore deserve a debt to the unlucky.  Whatever.

Jun 26, 2012 03:28 PM #1
Mike Cooper
Cornerstone Business Group Inc - Winchester, VA
Your Winchester, VA Real Estate Sales Pro

Jay, I love Alexis de Toqueville's writing.  He had a keen insight into humankind.  It's a sad revelation for many to realize that they have become slaves to the state, and the state is a poor slave master.  

Jun 26, 2012 03:43 PM #2
Jay Markanich
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC - Bristow, VA
Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia

Chris Ann - that is so much pap as to suggest that the winner of a marathon did not pay a different price than the last to finish.  And whom would benefit from removing minutes from the fastest and awarding them to the slowest?  Certainly not the slowest.

Mike - that is one long book, with small print!  Not as bad as reading Josephus, though.  A poor master indeed.

Jun 26, 2012 03:57 PM #3
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD
Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs

Thanks for your free enterprise blog.  Hopefully, real estate professionals are planning to join the weathy.

Have an outstanding week with your camera in hand.

Jun 26, 2012 04:21 PM #4
Jay Markanich
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC - Bristow, VA
Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia

They all will Roy, should they attract the wealth of those who desire real estate!

Jun 26, 2012 04:26 PM #5
James Dray
Fathom Realty AR LLC - Bentonville, AR
Your Dream Our Passion

Good morning Jay from my past comments you know where I stand on this issue.  What I can't understand is the mentality of some people to believe the garbage that comes from Congress etc.

Jun 27, 2012 04:13 AM #6
Jay Markanich
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC - Bristow, VA
Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia

They believe a lot of it James, because they think they are going to get a part of it!  And they become slaves themselves.

Jun 27, 2012 04:25 AM #7
Than Maynard
Coldwell Banker Heart of Oklahoma - Purcell, OK
Broker - Licensed to List & Sell - 405-990-8862

There will always be inequality and that is fine. There is no way everyone can be equal, since there is no incentive to do better.

Even in Socialism and Communism the 'people who know best' live high on the hog while the rest of society is 'equal'.

Jun 27, 2012 06:56 AM #8
Jay Markanich
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC - Bristow, VA
Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia

The point Wells made Than.  He was a devoted utopian socialist and thought the Soviets ruined it for everybody.  That's what prompted him to write his book.

Jun 27, 2012 06:59 AM #9
Steven Cook
No Longer Processing Mortgages. - Tacoma, WA

As I am running for office -- I am repeatedly telling people, I don't want to promise everyone everything, because I have to take it out of our pockets first, to pay it to anyone.  But everyone still seems to want to have all the money they need for their special interest.

Jun 27, 2012 11:19 AM #10
Jay Markanich
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC - Bristow, VA
Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia

Steven - I never pay attention to what politicians say that they will do.  I pay a LOT of attention to how they say they will do it.

Jun 27, 2012 12:32 PM #11
Lisa Von Domek
Lisa Von Domek & Associates LLC Team - Dallas, TX
....Experience Isn't Expensive.... It's Priceless!

Hello Jay,

Excellent post...you can't rob Peter to pay Paul, and that holds true for taking money from one to give it to another or paying one bill over another in your personal budget.  Basic common sense, alas...common sense seems to have "left the building".

Jun 27, 2012 04:04 PM #12
Jay Markanich
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC - Bristow, VA
Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia

It has Lisa, to our detriment and the detriment of those to come.  What we have spent will not be paid off without huge difficulty, if ever.

Jun 27, 2012 04:06 PM #13
Jason Sardi
Auto & Home & Life Insurance throughout North Carolina - Charlotte, NC
Your Agent for Life

Jay - First off, despite some variances in our political leanings ... I must write that you are a smart dude.  Really smart.  But you already know that, ya prick ;)

I believe you've got the current President (what do you call him, Gaylord, something like that) wrong.  And maybe you don't.  Perhaps you are exactly right.  We'll assume you are since you are a smart dude.

Other than the "Golden Rule", there can never be equality ... especially with wealth.  It's disastrous to think otherwise in my opinion.  However, I think it equally (there's that word again) disastrous that different rules apply to different people.  And you are smart, Jay.  You know they do.  That's the discrepancy. 

True Capitalism is not being involved in a Country Club.

Jun 27, 2012 09:03 PM #14
Jay Markanich
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC - Bristow, VA
Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia

Jason - I call the current "president" The Grand Imam.  Lately I have been calling him King Kardashian, after he whined so badly that someone asked him a question during some announcement.  Don't interrupt the king!

And he is exactly what the books other people wrote for him say he is.  I don't have him wrong.  He is doing what those books claim he wanted to do.

Of course different rules apply to different people.  If one person spends thousands of hours in effort preparing for a marathon, and wins, do you think he'll be treated differently than another who spends no time preparing and comes in last?  The winner might get endorsements, a new running shoe style, limo service and paid a week at Disney, etc.  What if The Grand Imam thinks that is unfair and wants to take minutes from the winner and give them to the last runner so he doesn't feel so badly?  Does that benefit the last runner?  Capitalism would say no!

True capitalism (your term) is employing one's capital in a way that makes for more productivity.  Productivity is output per man hour.  Part of a carpenter's capital is his tools, but another part is his skill.  If that skill (capital) earns him a great reputation and he attracts more wealth to his business, what he does with his improved wealth is his business, including joining a country club.  Personally, I could not care less what he does with it.  It's his wealth!  Captialism has nothing to do with his joining a country club.

We reap what we sow.

Socialism, communism, marxism, statism would say that is unfair.  But those philosophies will NEVER equalize anything.  They are lies.  They promot slavery.

And equality in the Golden Rule is exceptionally difficult.

Jun 28, 2012 03:06 AM #15
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