Before I put the quote up, let me say that yes I know this is a gaffe–I know what he’s trying to say, I know he’s saying we should always have system of meritocracy where people have the ability to rise and fall based on their effort, achievement and will. He says as much himself if you follow the link there is a nice video with his whole statement. I agree that going to some kind of socialist state where everyone would be the death knell for this nation.
However, if Romney had said this it would be the top story on every news outlet on Earth. And this is further proof that the media is working to make sure that Santorum is the candidate, because unlike Romney, he can easily be destroyed in the general election.
Okay, here’s the quote
Rick, please, stop trying to defend capitalism. You’re no good at it. Probably because capitalism requires a belief in individual freedom and individual happiness which we all know you’re opposed to. You’re just not qualified to talk about a philosophy that is at odds with your core values of collectivism and subservience/submission to a higher power.
But let’s talk about the truly stupid part of that statement is. “Hopefully[,] there always will be [income inequality].” Uh….No. Hopefully there will always be capitalism, free trade and meritocracy. But if by some miracle of miracles we had a whole generation of Teslsas, Da Vincis, Lorenzo D’Medicis, J.P. Morgans, Vanderbilts, Rockerfellers, Carnegies, and Jobses that would be awesome! Think of it a whole world of exceptional people, each exceptional in their own way, but a whole collective society of makers, doers, and thinkers. F!@#ing Awesome! Ayn Rand’s Galt’s Gulch on a global scale! There wouldn’t be much income inequality because everyone would have earned everything they wanted! And I’m not the first one to think about that…
Let me quote to you from the first book of Aristotle’s Politics, where right after he comes off a discussion of the greatest income inequality in the ancient world (the difference between masters and slaves) he envision the possibility that everyone could be essentially equal in terms of wealth, everyone their own master…he states:
“For if every instrument could accomplish its own work, obeying or anticipating the will of others, like the statues of Daedalus, or the tripods of Hephaestus, which says the poet, “of their own accord entered the assembly of the Gods;” if, in like manner, the shuttle would weave and the plectrum touch the lyre, chief workmen not want servants, nor masters slaves.” (1253a34)
Over 2,000 years ago Aristotle could imagine the idea that technology reach a level were all the necessities of life could be automated and everyone by nature make equal and their own master. So, while I understand what he was trying to say and agree with Rick that capitalism should always continue, I would, like Aristotle, love to see a world where everyone has earned equality of wealth. I’m not quite delusional enough to think it’s going to happen, I know I will never live to see it, but it’s a nice little hope that one day humanity could evolve to that level.
But again the main purpose of this is the fact that I doubt you will see all the major outlets for news rip Santorum a new one over this.