Why the Right Should Fear Inequality

american-flag-money-divide

(Image: Flickr / Steve Johnson)

Modern-day American conservatives typically see government regulation as an outright assault on freedom. They also see inequality as inevitable in any “free” society. Any government that moves against inequality, they go on to assume and argue, will have to threaten freedom.

But these linkages, the insightful UK economic analyst Chris Dillow points out in a new commentary, don’t hold up. In fact, an annual freedom index published by the conservative Heritage Foundation has Denmark, one of the world’s most equal nations, ranking higher on “business freedom” than the United States, the developed world’s most unequal nation.

What’s going on here? For starters, Dillow notes, the really rich have no real interest in economic freedom. They care far more about shielding their monopoly power from competition. Red tape suits them fine, since red tape tends to burden small firms more than large ones.

People generally, Dillow adds, want to see fairness. If market forces aren’t delivering that fairness, “they’ll demand it via the ballot box in the form of state regulation.”

That dynamic, Dillow suggests, ought to make every “freedom-loving” conservative an advocate for stronger trade unions.

“If workers have the power to bargain for better wages and conditions and the real freedom to reject exploitative demands from bosses,” he explains, “then we’ll not need so much business regulation.”

“In this sense,” the British analyst sums up, “greater equality and cutting red tape go together.”

The post Why the Right Should Fear Inequality appeared first on Institute for Policy Studies.

Sam Pizzigati is an associate fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies and edits Too Much, an online monthly on excess and inequality.

|||||||http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/IPS/latest/~3/bAjkA4ESAzo/

German salt mine feels the pinch of takeover fear – Yahoo News UK


Yahoo News UK
German salt mine feels the pinch of takeover fear
Yahoo News UK
There is more than a pinch of concern among many of the thousands of workers at German giant K+S (Other OTC: UBGXF – news) , the world's biggest salt miner, who fear for their jobs following a near eight-billion-euro ($ 9 billion) takeover bid by

and more »

|||||||http://news.google.com/news/url?sa=t&fd=R&ct2=us&usg=AFQjCNFiWw6wqgyYKkFi7al4j_tkwfv6pQ&clid=c3a7d30bb8a4878e06b80cf16b898331&cid=52778950356074&ei=jF0QVuChFIajwQGM6baoBw&url=https://uk.news.yahoo.com/german-salt-mine-feels-pinch-070943675.html

German salt mine feels the pinch of takeover fear – Business Insider


Business Insider
German salt mine feels the pinch of takeover fear
Business Insider
Philippsthal (Germany) (AFP) – There is more than a pinch of concern among many of the thousands of workers at German giant K+S, the world's biggest salt miner, who fear for their jobs following a near eight-billion-euro ($ 9 billion) takeover bid by

and more »

|||||||http://news.google.com/news/url?sa=t&fd=R&ct2=us&usg=AFQjCNHoatcUXLgB0j6aTIEVXgy1MAyC3w&clid=c3a7d30bb8a4878e06b80cf16b898331&cid=52778950356074&ei=byUHVsCaDIajwQGX04LgCg&url=http://www.businessinsider.com/afp-german-salt-mine-feels-the-pinch-of-takeover-fear-2015-9

German salt mine feels the pinch of takeover fear – Business Insider


Business Insider
German salt mine feels the pinch of takeover fear
Business Insider
Philippsthal (Germany) (AFP) – There is more than a pinch of concern among many of the thousands of workers at German giant K+S, the world's biggest salt miner, who fear for their jobs following a near eight-billion-euro ($ 9 billion) takeover bid by

and more »

|||||||http://news.google.com/news/url?sa=t&fd=R&ct2=us&usg=AFQjCNHoatcUXLgB0j6aTIEVXgy1MAyC3w&clid=c3a7d30bb8a4878e06b80cf16b898331&cid=52778950356074&ei=Qu39VYDPOcWshAHNga7IBg&url=http://www.businessinsider.com/afp-german-salt-mine-feels-the-pinch-of-takeover-fear-2015-9

Farmers Fear Legal Status For Workers Would Lead Them Off The Farm – NPR (blog)


NPR (blog)
Farmers Fear Legal Status For Workers Would Lead Them Off The Farm
NPR (blog)
He says that giving more legal rights to those workers is probably bad for his business. He believes that some of these workers are in the Central Valley, working in agriculture, because it's a good place to hide from the authorities. If those workers

and more »

|||||||http://news.google.com/news/url?sa=t&fd=R&ct2=us&usg=AFQjCNEhuCGY6cOB5mZTfT_gOVCsn6CKBA&clid=c3a7d30bb8a4878e06b80cf16b898331&cid=52778750257282&ei=3DgOVejrMqe2wAHoioGgAQ&url=http://www.npr.org/blogs/thesalt/2015/02/26/387698016/do-your-veggies-depend-on-workers-who-lack-legal-rights

Farming together to overcome fear and mistrust in Rakhine state, Myanmar – UNHCR (press release)

Farming together to overcome fear and mistrust in Rakhine state, Myanmar
UNHCR (press release)
Since the beginning of the year, UNHCR has helped more than 800 farmers by providing 18 small tractors, six rice mills, six harvesters, 12 water pumps and 45 tons of fertilizer. As a sign of their commitment, the committee members contribute an equal …

|||||||http://news.google.com/news/url?sa=t&fd=R&ct2=us&usg=AFQjCNFGJn5pEvpCKPojfyDitsWi0_CVRQ&clid=c3a7d30bb8a4878e06b80cf16b898331&ei=_DQOVeitHebuwQHP0YGIAw&url=http://www.unhcr.org/54a175116.html

Farming together to overcome fear and mistrust in Rakhine state, Myanmar – UNHCR (press release)

Farming together to overcome fear and mistrust in Rakhine state, Myanmar
UNHCR (press release)
Since the beginning of the year, UNHCR has helped more than 800 farmers by providing 18 small tractors, six rice mills, six harvesters, 12 water pumps and 45 tons of fertilizer. As a sign of their commitment, the committee members contribute an equal …

|||||||http://news.google.com/news/url?sa=t&fd=R&ct2=us&usg=AFQjCNFGJn5pEvpCKPojfyDitsWi0_CVRQ&clid=c3a7d30bb8a4878e06b80cf16b898331&ei=aPwEVZjBO_GdwQGa64GwCw&url=http://www.unhcr.org/54a175116.html

Farmers Fear Legal Status For Workers Would Lead Them Off The Farm – NPR (blog)


NPR (blog)
Farmers Fear Legal Status For Workers Would Lead Them Off The Farm
NPR (blog)
He says that giving more legal rights to those workers is probably bad for his business. He believes that some of these workers are in the Central Valley, working in agriculture, because it's a good place to hide from the authorities. If those workers

and more »

|||||||http://news.google.com/news/url?sa=t&fd=R&ct2=us&usg=AFQjCNEhuCGY6cOB5mZTfT_gOVCsn6CKBA&clid=c3a7d30bb8a4878e06b80cf16b898331&cid=52778750257282&ei=T8j7VIjxEaiAwAGCz4HACw&url=http://www.npr.org/blogs/thesalt/2015/02/26/387698016/do-your-veggies-depend-on-workers-who-lack-legal-rights

Farming together to overcome fear and mistrust in Rakhine state, Myanmar – UNHCR (press release)

Farming together to overcome fear and mistrust in Rakhine state, Myanmar
UNHCR (press release)
Since the beginning of the year, UNHCR has helped more than 800 farmers by providing 18 small tractors, six rice mills, six harvesters, 12 water pumps and 45 tons of fertilizer. As a sign of their commitment, the committee members contribute an equal …

|||||||http://news.google.com/news/url?sa=t&fd=R&ct2=us&usg=AFQjCNFGJn5pEvpCKPojfyDitsWi0_CVRQ&clid=c3a7d30bb8a4878e06b80cf16b898331&ei=g8T7VMigF_GdwQGXrYDoAg&url=http://www.unhcr.org/54a175116.html

Farmers Fear Legal Status For Workers Would Lead Them Off The Farm – ideastream


ideastream
Farmers Fear Legal Status For Workers Would Lead Them Off The Farm
ideastream
According to surveys, about half of all farmworkers in the country lack legitimate documents and live in what's often described as a "shadow world," without legal rights. The farmers who employ those workers, meanwhile, are deeply ambivalent about this …

and more »

|||||||http://news.google.com/news/url?sa=t&fd=R&ct2=us&usg=AFQjCNFMhPkiI_DZQdcOJOyyeVs7hzFJcQ&clid=c3a7d30bb8a4878e06b80cf16b898331&cid=52778750257282&ei=PJHyVPCPNKGKwQHu4YHwBg&url=http://www.ideastream.org/news/npr/387698016