Life isn’t fair. Conservative thinker Thomas Sowell isn’t the first person to note this and he won’t be the last, but the way he says it is important. He’s not just informing people that they need to get thicker skin and make more out of their lives despite the lack of fairness in the world, as most normally do. Instead, he’s looking at a bigger issue that rises up based on people’s desire to make things fair…
…or more accurately, their demands that government make it fair for them.
This has always been one of the most prominent driving forces behind the push for expanding government. Someone gets offended that they’re not being treated fairly, so they turn to government to make things more “even.” Invariably, attempts by government to even the playing field only acts to bring people down and insert more government into the equation.
As Sowell said:
“Life in general has never been even close to fair, so the pretense that the government can make it fair is a valuable and inexhaustible asset to politicians who want to expand government.”