Video: Happy (Redistributionist) Halloween!

posted at 2:01 pm on October 31, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

Today we celebrate Halloween, when roving bands of children go from door to door threatening to do damage to people’s houses unless they get payoffs in sugar.  All right, so the “trick” part of “trick or treat” has become an anachronism, but that’s probably the only thing that will make you feel better about Steven Crowder’s demonstration of how redistributionism really works — and how easy it is for children to recognize that it’s just not right.  He placed a hidden camera at a church trick-or-treat event and attempted to make the candy distribution more “fair” by redistributing the loot in the bags.  That prompted immediate objections from the children young and (oddly) old, with one declaring, “I worked hard for that candy!”

Watch conservatives being formed here, albeit somewhat cruelly:

It’s a great demonstration of the unnatural intrusion into outcomes that redistributionist policies represent.  People want equality of opportunity, but they also want to own the fruits of their labor.  That flows from natural rights, the basis of free-market economics.  It’s worth pointing out that many children will collect candy for sick siblings or friends (or at least that’s what they claim), so it’s not as though the altruistic instinct doesn’t exist at this age, either.

One thing is for sure, though.  Steven should have kicked a lot more candy into the bags of these kids for making them part of his demonstration project.  Otherwise, this will, er, haunt him for several Halloweens to come.  Come on, kids — TP party at Steven’s house!

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Perhaps I’m mistaken here but I’ve always thought that conservatives recognize that to have an ordered society people cannot always act on their “natural” instincts.

Its the crazy liberals who think humans are born perfect and then corrupted by society.

red_herring on October 31, 2012 at 2:52 PM

No one is making some kind of a naturalistic, purely instinctual argument. The video is an example used to illustrate the difference between right and wrong.

Even kids recognize that there is inherent good and evil in this world. That’s the point.

StevenCrowder on October 31, 2012 at 2:57 PM

Someone’s been listening to too much mark levin. Regardless, Basing conservatives principles on what little kids think is right seems like a recipe for disaster. Politicians far too often act like little children, and the results are not good.

red_herring on October 31, 2012 at 2:47 PM

Just so. My kids are MORE than willing to spend my money anyway way they can. No idea where it comes from (yet) and what it takes to get it.

Jabberwock on October 31, 2012 at 2:57 PM

Perhaps I’m mistaken here but I’ve always thought that conservatives recognize that to have an ordered society people cannot always act on their “natural” instincts.
red_herring on October 31, 2012 at 2:52 PM

You are forgetting the part that, when you do act on your “natural” instincts, then you are responsible for the consequences. Whether that be personal punishment or state punishment.

Or, if the natural instinct is a good one, then you are rewarded for your actions.

LoganSix on October 31, 2012 at 2:59 PM

Wonder if Ayn Rand handed out candy at Halloween?

Pablo Honey on October 31, 2012 at 2:19 PM

The important thing is that she had that choice — and, yes, if she derived some value from doing so … no doubt did.

Every action one makes is selfish. Everything Mother Theresa did was for her own selfish reasons, be they rationalized as altruistic or “commanded by God” or whatever — and thus “good”, or not …

ShainS on October 31, 2012 at 2:59 PM

No one is making some kind of a naturalistic, purely instinctual argument. The video is an example used to illustrate the difference between right and wrong.
Even kids recognize that there is inherent good and evil in this world. That’s the point.
StevenCrowder on October 31, 2012 at 2:57 PM

So basically the video stands for the idea that people (even children!) don’t like to give up their possessions? There’s not really much insight there.

Also Of course you’re making an instinctual/naturalistic argument. The alternative would be that the kids don’t want to give up their candy because they were taught to feel that way (which is bonkers).

red_herring on October 31, 2012 at 3:05 PM

Any truth Michelle is handing out bags of brussels sprouts and cauliflower buds this year?

pilamaye on October 31, 2012 at 3:10 PM

Another great one Steven. Although my all time favorite was the Detroit visit, your skills are getting more refined as time goes on

JKotthoff on October 31, 2012 at 3:11 PM

StevenCrowder on October 31, 2012 at 2:37 PM

Sorry for the slow response, I was trying to talk to a troll. I know, I know……. I’m just releived you weren’t going for the DBear thing. Lol! Monkey is fine, not sure why monkeys are so racist though. Perhaps they might someday evolve.

Bmore on October 31, 2012 at 3:14 PM

No one is making some kind of a naturalistic, purely instinctual argument. The video is an example used to illustrate the difference between right and wrong.

Even kids recognize that there is inherent good and evil in this world. That’s the point.

StevenCrowder on October 31, 2012 at 2:57 PM

Kids understand better than most about the unalienable rights that they were born with.

What would be fun is if you could do a piece like this involving high-school or college students where, with a teacher/professor accomplice, you were brought in to “redistribute” their grades following a test. They’d see their actual grade on their paper and the new “redistributed” grade. Before handing out the papers, you could start with discussing fairness in taxation and almost all of then would likely agree that rich people should pay higher taxes than the poor. Then, spring the grades on them.

TXUS on October 31, 2012 at 3:25 PM

and according to that thinking ALL taxes are morally wrong. Without taxes there can be no government.

Do you honestly want to live in a world with no government?

red_herring on October 31, 2012 at 2:56 PM

No, we as the tax payers have an agreement with the government to pay a certain amount of taxes. The idea that the government can take under the premise of being a “fair share” is what is wrong. Taxes should be equal amongst everyone, which is why the constitution was against taxing incomes, until the 16th Amendment came around.

You work hard, you pay just the same as if you don’t work hard. If you work harder and earn more, you keep more.

LoganSix on October 31, 2012 at 3:34 PM

akaniku on October 31, 2012 at 2:13 PM

This guys has got to be pulling our legs.

NotCoach on October 31, 2012 at 3:37 PM

Here is what mo thinks the kids should eat with the goodies they get tonight? I can not see this happening? The kids will eat and eat unless mom/dad puts a stop to it?

http://www.theblaze.com/stories/scary-this-is-the-amount-of-candy-your-children-can-eat-tonight-based-on-michelle-obamas-food-guidelines/
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letget on October 31, 2012 at 3:42 PM

No, we as the tax payers have an agreement with the government to pay a certain amount of taxes. T

I don’t know about you but I sure as heck didn’t agree to my tax rate.

red_herring on October 31, 2012 at 3:46 PM

Awesome as always Steve!
Grats on the wedding BTW.

Longtime fan and early youtube subscriber: AKA Sirmorluk

vinceautmorire on October 31, 2012 at 3:59 PM

This guys has got to be pulling our legs.

NotCoach on October 31, 2012 at 3:37 PM

Entertaining HA parody. Enjoy it.

Schadenfreude on October 31, 2012 at 4:03 PM

Been a fan of Crowder’s videos for some time. You should see some of the vicious crap liberals leave on his comment threads. Man, they do not like being tweaked. It’s fricking hilarious!

squint on October 31, 2012 at 4:14 PM

It has begun. First group of trick or treaters just came to the door. Here we go…

Fallon on October 31, 2012 at 4:38 PM

Crowder…..once again, you RULE!

Dude, that was funny!

KMC1 on October 31, 2012 at 4:45 PM

and according to that thinking ALL taxes are morally wrong. Without taxes there can be no government.

Do you honestly want to live in a world with no government?

red_herring on October 31, 2012 at 2:56 PM

Wow, is your screen name ever fitting……

KMC1 on October 31, 2012 at 4:46 PM

You have got to find a way to do this on a college campus with grades. Everyone’s heard the stories of redistribution of academic performance making students go crazy, (probably an urban legend of it actually happening) but I’d love to see it on film. Surely there’s a college professor out there somewhere who would let “Prof. Crowder” sub for a day?

Meric1837 on October 31, 2012 at 2:35 PM

As a teacher of middle school I had to instruct on the concepts of the buying of indulgences to the students. I started the class by stating that the school district was in need of funds, so to help raise money the district office allowed for students to raise their grades by paying X amount per grade raise. After reading the fake letter announcement I asked the kids what they thought. The hard working kids went irate and the low end kids were already pulling money from their wallets.
Something like this could be arranged in a classroom with redistributing grades for a “Equal Outcome” which is the desired goals of nearly every school district in America

19thgenamerican on October 31, 2012 at 5:04 PM

how redistributionism really works — and how easy it is for children to recognize that it’s just not right.

Comes naturally, until indoctrinated out of them by the left. Well, with the provisio that it will be other people’s hard-earned assets that will be redistributed.

IrishEyes on October 31, 2012 at 5:13 PM

Been a fan of Crowder’s videos for some time. You should see some of the vicious crap liberals leave on his comment threads. Man, they do not like being tweaked. It’s fricking hilarious!

squint on October 31, 2012 at 4:14 PM

I know! It’s even worse because I don’t censor them at all on youtube.

StevenCrowder on October 31, 2012 at 5:13 PM

I liked the little kid who said, “I’m gonna call the police!”
Hahahahaha!

And so, kid, what do you do when it’s the police (OK, tax police) who are doing the taking?

IrishEyes on October 31, 2012 at 5:24 PM

So, I see the parents just standing back. Were they in on the prank, or what did they do/say, if anything, alter?

IrishEyes on October 31, 2012 at 5:26 PM

alter = later

Or were the parents so indoctrinated already that they agreed?!

IrishEyes on October 31, 2012 at 5:26 PM

So, I see the parents just standing back. Were they in on the prank, or what did they do/say, if anything, alter?

IrishEyes on October 31, 2012 at 5:26 PM

We had to get the parents permission beforehand, but they didn’t tell the kids.

At one point though, we had spoken with a mom who unbeknownst to us, did not notify the dad. He got pretty aggressive preeeettty quickly.

StevenCrowder on October 31, 2012 at 5:39 PM

I know! It’s even worse because I don’t censor them at all on youtube.

StevenCrowder on October 31, 2012 at 5:13 PM

Yeah, give liberals enough rope, and they’ll always hang themselves. Keep on trucking, dude, and don’t let the bastards get you down!

squint on October 31, 2012 at 5:47 PM

So basically the video stands for the idea that people (even children!) don’t like to give up their possessions? There’s not really much insight there.

Also Of course you’re making an instinctual/naturalistic argument. The alternative would be that the kids don’t want to give up their candy because they were taught to feel that way (which is bonkers).

red_herring on October 31, 2012 at 3:05 PM

This was a church parking lot, so these children have probably been indoctrinated in a Biblical world view. “Thou shalt not steal” indicates that God himself declared people have ownership over what they earn or recieve. “Thou shalt not covet” indicates that God frowns upon others thinking they should take someone else’s stuff. These kids were taught to honor others by not taking or wanting to take each other’s stuff. They probably also have been taught to share what God has given them. If asked to help, they probably would have willingly given candy to help those who did not have enough.

jya lai on October 31, 2012 at 6:38 PM

Saw this earlier. Shameless example of children being used to further corrupt the political discourse. These kids were tricked in to saying things that make redistribution sound bad by being bribed with candy AKA crony capitalism.

There are plenty of examples of sincere, honest, and from the heart advertising involving concerned children who are worried about the kind of country they will be forced to grow up in:

Just one example.

akaniku on October 31, 2012 at 2:13 PM

Linking to that progaganda video supporting Obama demonstrates your delusional state. The redistribution video above depicts kids’ honest reactions. The video you linked to shows up a group of obviously brainwashed or coerced children.

zoyclem on November 1, 2012 at 7:55 AM

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