If we give powerful people everything they want, maybe they will be nice to the rest of us?

(written by lawrence krubner, however indented passages are often quotes). You can contact lawrence at: lawrence@krubner.com

At the end of the English revolutionary period, during the 1660s, a conservative reaction set in, and even some peasants were infected with the conservative spirit. Some wanted England to become a monarchy again, and they openly called for the return of the King. They had a saying: “All will be well when the King enjoys his own again.”

In the 1970s, conservatives began to promote “supply side economics” which is the modern, pseudo-scientific way of saying “All will be well when the King enjoys his own again.”

There are different conservative slogans in different eras, but they always resolve to the same basic idea: “If we give powerful people everything they want, maybe they will be nice to the rest of us?”

And it turns out to be wrong every time it is tried.

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