One of the most prominent stances by the hyper-leftists is the idea that inequality of material position is the biggest cause for our problems. They say only the rich can live well and the people who made them rich are unable to live as well as they should. It’s a very popular perspective because it appeals to the notion that taking from others and giving to the people will mean the people will be better off.
As with most leftist concepts the people tend to support, they need to be careful what they wish for because if they ever get it, they won’t like the results.
Friedrich A. von Hayek masterfully explained why this is the case in a single sentence:
“While an equality of rights under a limited government is possible and an essential condition of individual freedom, a claim for equality of material position can be met only by a government with totalitarian powers.”
If the left ever gets its way and turns America into a partial or total socialist nation, the totalitarian authority that would result will certainly destroy the United States. It’s not possible to redistribute the way they want without annihilating our foundation.