The erosion of justice by the flow of transfer payments


To establish wealth equality by rule of law, governments must sacrifice judicial equality, meaning the rule of law applied evenly to all . . . .

Rich men tend to be judged more harshly because of what they have (envy, manifested in the graduated income tax), and poor men tend to be judged less harshly because of what they have not (guilt, manifested in the wealth transfer payments they receive for doing nothing at all).

Or maybe it’s the other way around. Rich men receive special favor because of their great wealth and influence, and poor men are despised for their destituteness and denied the right of a fair hearing or the hand of charity.

Either way, justice and liberty die. Besides the promise of a savior, the rule by divinely-revealed law was the most valuable thing God gave the world. He is clear about perverting justice:

“Ye shall do no unrighteousness in judgment: thou shalt not respect the person of the poor, nor honour the person of the mighty: but in righteousness shalt thou judge thy neighbour” (Leviticus 19:15).

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