Wednesday, 10 August 2011

Excusing social envy and resentment

"[I]t is sometimes said that one is doing something disgraceful, and merely pandering to the selfish clamour of the mob, by taking account of social envy and resentment. This is not so. These feelings exist, amongst people not morally inferior to those who administer such high-minded rebukes; and they are quite natural. It is no more disgraceful to to take them into account than many other facts that the politician must attend to - such as the greed of the richer classes, who claim that they must have higher monetary rewards and reduced taxation as an incentive to greater effort, patriotism being evidently not enough."

Err... Crosland again.

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