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Sanders’ Gimmick Persuades Sluggish Thinkers


Here’s Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders complaining about economic inequality in America:

There is something profoundly wrong when in recent years we have seen a proliferation of millionaires and billionaires yet the average American is working longer hours for lower wages and we have shamefully *the highest rate of child poverty of any major country on earth.

A question for the socialist senator from Vermont: would he prefer that that there was no proliferation of millionaires and billionaires, and that all Americans were equally mired in poverty? If not, then let’s stop talking about poverty as if it were an inequality problem.

Sanders is employing one of the most popular gimmicks inequality alarmists use to get Americans fired up about income disparities: he is conflating hardship and comparative differences. Here’s how it works:

Step 1: Point to people facing a genuine hardship, like poverty.

Step 2: Point to people who are enjoying above-average success.

Step 3: Imply that the problem is the gap between the two, not the hardship itself. (Bonus points if you can suggest that the one group’s success is the cause of the other group’s hardship.)

Step 4: Advocate closing the gap by bringing down the high fliers.

Whenever you see this sort of argument, you can be sure that the goal of the speaker is not to end the hardship, but to smash the successful.

*Politifact rated this claim as false.

6 Comments on Sanders’ Gimmick Persuades Sluggish Thinkers

  1. Income inequality is increasing because of Dem laws collaborating with large corporations, like Dodd-Frank and the bailouts – what they constantly accuse GOP of wanting yet do more themselves.

    Re the Politifact rating at the bottom – why not ‘Pants on Fire’?

  2. Yet he’s drawing crowds in the 1,000s that buy into this nonsense. It’s a sad commentary on how far off the rails we have gotten, when 1/2 the people in America are jealous of another’s success. And are more then willing to elect politicians that openly promise to use government to steal from the producers.

  3. why is anyone wasting their breath on Sanders…one small point to ponder about Comrade Bernie…..(listen up kiddies, you’re not going to hear this anywhere else)…..he’s not a member of the Democrat Party!!!
    ….take a deep breath & let that sink in for a minute………
    got it?….he won’t be, will never be the nominee of the Democrat Party in 2016…NO MATTER WHAT!!!….he is not a registered Democrat!!!….he cannot be on the democrat ballot according to the registration regulations of Vermont……search it if you don’t believe me…..
    …he’s nothing more than a ‘stalking horse’ for Hillary, so she can appear to be the more ‘moderate’ candidate to the average moron ‘democrat’ voter….& various ‘independent’ non-thinkers

    do we really need a coal shovel to the face to wake up, America?

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