Justifying selfishness

Dec 4, 2017 by

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Perhaps the economist John Kenneth Galbraith (1908-2006) understood it best when, referring to trickle-down economics, he said, “If you feed enough oats to the horse, some will pass through to feed the sparrows.” And might the following Galbraith quote apply to the currently proposed “tax cuts” being debated in the U.S. Congress? “The modern conservative is engaged in one of man’s oldest exercises in moral philosophy; that is, the search for a superior moral justification for selfishness.” Is this what’s really going on in Washington these days?

Harold A. Penner
Akron, Pa.

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