The vice is called envy; the virtue is called generosity.
Envy is a sour emotion that condemns a person to loneliness. Generosity is an emotion that attracts friends.
The generous man or woman is very ready to praise others sincerely and to help them instead of hindering them. Generosity brings admiration of the achievements and qualities of other people.
The warning (and prophesy) follows:
A spirit of generosity toward others is still at work in America. But in much of the world, a very different spirit has come to prevail. In Marxist lands, envy is approved by the men in power. Private wealth and personal success are denounced on principle. The Marxist indoctrinator deliberately preaches envy. By appealing to that strong vice, he may be able to pull down constitutions, classes, and religions.
Because the market brings substantial success to a good many individuals, the Marxist hates the market. A consistent Marxist declares that when two people exchange goods in any market, both are cheated. Yes, both—that is what the Marxist says. Exchange itself is “capitalist oppression,” the Marxist propagandist proclaims. Certainly there is little profitable exchange in Communist countries. Envying the market’s popularity and success, the Marxist denounces the market furiously.
In the long run, the envious society brings on proletarian tyranny and general poverty. In both the short run and the long run, the generous society encourages political freedom and economic prosperity.
Almost as though he had heard Obozo and Pelosi before he wrote the essay, eh?
Evidently Kuhner (WaTimes) read the same essay.
Marx & Co. are (reportedly) coming to Milwaukee on October 15th.