This is a wonderful article from City Journal. It is about the Chump Effect:
People feel like chumps when they believe that they’ve played a game by the rules, only to discover that the game is rigged. Not only are they losing, they realize, but their good sportsmanship is being exploited. The players flouting the rules are the ones who get the trophy.
This is the Australian economy. It is bi-partisan policy and has been for quite a while. This this is what it leads to:
And when government expands its role in distributing society’s resources, you can’t blame influential groups—farmers, unions, businesses—for lobbying in their own interests. But over time, the number of people and businesses dependent on subsidies and other targeted benefits will grow. So will their political influence. Meantime, the pool of people forced to get by without special carve-outs will shrink, even as its members pay the tab for everyone else.
This article was written about the US, but how does this sound:
In the end, Chump Effect policies encourage Americans to see themselves, not as self-reliant individuals and families, but as members of competing groups, all jockeying for advantage. This is a recipe for political conflict and resentment.
Welcome to Australia. The chump economy.
Remind TAFKAS please. Before CoronaSpendParty 2020, what was the proportion of the population who paid no net tax? And generally, what is the proportion of the population that is required to achieve a democratic majority so as to to exert its will over the rest?