This guest post by Nick Sorrentino is something we might wonder about Labour…
First, what is called “Right ” and “Left” in politics today is increasingly up for grabs. The left-wing/right-wing political paradigm makes much less sense now that a significant part of the population self identifies as “libertarian,” which does not fit into the 20th Century way of looking at politics.
But the question of terminology is less important than whether those who advocate ever-larger government have to keep people “hooked” on welfare of one sort or another in order to win elections. Whether creating dependence on government is in itself a political strategy.
These are pretty fair questions. If the government sends money in the mail, and one comes to rely of that money, would one ever vote for someone who threatens to limit or eliminate that check? Probably not.
Is it fair then to say that statist politicians might actually seek to expand government reliance simply to increase their political power?
I think the answer is obviously yes. But I’ll leave the question open, especially for our lefty readers.
And I’ll ask another related question.
Isn’t the elimination of various types of welfare 100% the ultimate goal? Isn’t that what we’d want ideally? A private sector so vital that the issue of jobs is a non issue? Isn’t that where we’d want to go, and isn’t that what we should be aiming for?
Or are there people who in fact need other people to rely on government to remain in power? Political people who need other humans to remain permanent wards of the state. Modern serfs. And that’s a kind way of putting it.
Here’s a case study, from IBD.com:
Brazil's Election Shows How The Left Thrives On Welfare Dependency
A Brazilian economist has shown a near-exact correlation between last Sunday’s presidential election voting choices and each state’s welfare ratios. Sure enough, handouts are the lifeblood of the left…
[“Centre-right challenger] Aecio Neves won 34% of the vote, [leftist incumbent] Dilma Rousseff took 42% and green party candidate Marina Silva took about 20% — and on Thursday, Silva endorsed Neves, making it a contest of free-market ideas vs. big-government statism.
But what's even more telling is an old story — shown in an infographic by popular Brazilian economist Ricardo Amorim.
In a Twitter post, Amorim showed a near-exact correlation among Brazil's states' welfare dependency and their votes for leftist Workers Party incumbent Rousseff.
Virtually every state that went for Rousseff has at least 25% of the population dependent on Brazil's Bolsa Familia welfare program of cash for single mothers, given for keeping children vaccinated and in school.
States with less than 25% of the population on Bolsa Familia overwhelmingly went for Neves and his policies of growth…. Fact is, the left cannot survive without a vast class of dependents. And once in, dependents have difficulty getting out.
So Brazil's election may come down to a question of whether it wants to be a an economic powerhouse — or a handout republic.
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Nick Sorrentino is the co-founder and editor of AgainstCronyCapitalism.org . A political and communications consultant with clients across the political spectrum, his work has been featured at Breitbart.com, Reason.com, NPR.com, Townhall, The Daily Caller, and many other publications. A graduate of Mary Washington College he lives just outside of Washington DC where he can keep an eye on Leviathan.
This post first apppeared at Against Crony Capitalism.