There’s a famous quote, commonly attributed to Alexis de Tocqueville, about the American character. America is great because America is good. If America ever stops being good, it will stop being great. What makes this quote so popular (even though Wikipedia says it’s not actually from de Tocqueville) is the instinctive understanding that a society’s […]
Continue reading Social Capital, the Welfare State, and the Threat to American Exceptionalism
If the Moocher Hall of Fame ever moves from the virtual world to brick-and-mortar reality, it’s going to need a lot of space. That’s because, to use a politically correct term, many of the featured freeloaders are plus-sized. Stanley looks like a rather robust eater, which is somewhat disturbing on more than one level since […]
Continue reading The Moocher Hall of Fame Is Getting Crowded
The modern welfare state is a disaster. But rather than go into lengthy details, let’s simply look at some very powerful images (click for enlarged view). Probably the most damning evidence is that the poverty rate in America was steadily falling after World War II. But then Lyndon Johnson declared a “war on poverty” and […]
Continue reading Building on Success of Clinton-Era Reforms, Let’s Eliminate all DC-Based Income Redistribution
Selection to the Moocher Hall of Fame is a special award that is bestowed upon “the individuals who best exemplify the culture of loafing, laziness, and dependency that is being subsidized by our vote-buying political class.” But it’s not limited to Americans. Previous winners of this prestigious award include Brits, Austrians, Greeks, and Danes. Now […]
Continue reading Which Costly Family Most Deserves to Enter the Moocher Hall of Fame?
I wrote the other day about the importance of “social capital,” which is a catch-all phrase for a society’s attitudes about things such as the work ethic, a sense of self-reliance, and the spirit of independence. Today we’re going to look at the flip side of social capital. I’m not sure whether this is an […]
Continue reading New Member of the Moocher Hall of Fame Demonstrates the High Cost of Eroding Social Capital
Back in 2010, I shared some wise words from Walter Williams and Theodore Dalrymple about how society can become unstable when people figure they can “vote themselves money.” On a related note, I shared the famous “riding in the wagon” cartoons in 2011 and the “Danish party boat” image in 2014. Both of these posts […]
Continue reading What Happens When Too Many Voters Support Redistribution?