This piece is nearly a week old, having been originally run last Saturday. Since Monday, however, I’ve been bone-tired due to the effects of my wife’s new work schedule, which requires me to get up at an ungodly early hour to play Mr. Mom and get the children ready before I go to work and play Mr. Lawyer until 5:00 p.m. I’ll get used to it, I hope.
Anyway, I digress.
As readers of America’s Right know, there are few lawmakers here in the United States or elsewhere that I like more than Daniel Hannan, Member of European Parliament. The piece linked above is a memo directed to members of the #Occupy movement, in which he lays out ten common misconceptions about what those of us on the political right actually think. I’ll list the basic theme of each below, but it’s up to you to follow the link for the rest. Please do — it’s excellent.
- Free marketers resent the bank bailouts.
- What has happened since 2008 is not capitalism.
- If you want the rich to pay more, create a flatter and simpler tax system.
- Those of us who believe in small government are not motivated by the desire to make the rich richer.
- We are not against equality.
- Nor, by the way, does state intervention seem to be an effective way to promote equality.
- Let’s tackle the idea that being on the Left means being on the side of ordinary people, while being on the Right means defending privileged elites…
- Capitalism, with all of its imperfections, is the fairest scheme yet tried.
- Talking of fairness, let’s remember that the word doesn’t belong to any faction.
- Let’s not forget ethics, either. There is virtue in deciding to do the right thing, but there is no virtue in being compelled.
And, of course, this being about Mr. Hannan, I must run the obligatory March 2009 dressing down of former British PM Gordon Brown: