133 Words or Less: ‘Conservative’ Central Planners

I often see very little difference in the core political philosophies of the left and the right.

The other day, a self-described conservative berated me for criticizing the Texas Enterprise Fund, a program that awards public money to private businesses in order to lure them to Texas. She couldn’t understand how I could oppose a government program that “creates jobs.”

Conservatives allegedly favor “free markets,” but this young lady’s core philosophy matches that of a socialist. She believes central planners can bring about better economic outcomes than millions of decision makers interacting freely and independently in the marketplace. This idea roots itself in human arrogance and pride, and ignores the law of unintended consequences.

Conservative economic intervention differs from socialist central planning only in its application.

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