Fast forward to present time and my favorite pitchman for convincing us we're all victims: Elizabeth Warren. (Oh, you poor dear! The world has treated you so poorly, making you buy that 3500 square foot house and forcing you to buy that $45,000 car! IT'S NOT YOUR FAULT!)
Her newest pitch seems to be causing a fervor on the internets:
There is nobody in this country who got rich on his own. Nobody. You built a factory out there — good for you!And there you have it: Original Sin. Shame on you, you maker of things we want! We coercively forced people to pay for roads and schools and didn't charge you a dime for using it. Now you actually had the nerve to drive on those roads and hire those educated folks as employees. You BASTARD! YOU OWE US!
But I want to be clear. You moved your goods to market on the roads the rest of us paid for. You hired workers the rest of us paid to educate. You were safe in your factory because of police forces and fire forces that the rest of us paid for. You didn’t have to worry that maurauding bands would come and seize everything at your factory, and hire someone to protect against this, because of the work the rest of us did. Now look, you built a factory and it turned into something terrific, or a great idea — God bless. Keep a big hunk of it.
But part of the underlying social contract is you take a hunk of that and pay forward for the next kid who comes along.
If you don't have a victim, make one. Force them to pay for something they didn't ask for; give it to someone else, then make the victim angry and divert the blame.
Elizabeth Warren is God. That's not a compliment.