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Pure Privilege

This picture is Governor Whitmer marching.

The following excerpt is from her executive order that was in effect when this picture was taken: "Outdoor social gatherings and events are permitted so long as people maintain six feet of distance from one another and the assemblage consists of no more than 100 people."

But if she's participating, you can nix the 100-person part and the six-foot part.

The hypocrisy is appalling, of course.

But there's a much deeper lesson here.

I wrote yesterday that inequality is one of the natural adverse effects of capitalism.

That isn't quite right. Inequality is one of the natural adverse facts of the human condition. Capitalism exacerbates the inequality. It doesn't cause it.

But if you want to put inequality on steroids, abolish capitalism by transferring power to government. There are no areas of the world with greater inequality than communist regimes or any country under a dictator. In such countries, the ruling elite has all the power and wealth. Everyone else is immensely poorer. The ruling elite get enormous privileges, while everyone else has a boot (or knee) on their collective necks.

Governor Whitmer's hypocrisy in this march is harmless. But as an example of the world we'd live in if the government continues to grow? It's a snapshot of pure horror.