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!