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Old 10-06-2012, 11:18 PM   #15
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Originally Posted by Superbowltrashcan View Post
I was thinking the other day what with the term "redistribution" becoming a dirty word, I am wondering, does the purposeful seeking of U.S. made products for purchase at a higher price than a similar or equal quality product made abroad costing less represent to you a redistribution of wealth? Would you be willing to "Buy American" knowing it strengthens the US economy... Or does it really? Is the diminished purchasing capacity offset by an overall strengthening of the broader economy? I value the sarcasm around here but also the intellect once you sand off the acerbic veneer. So answer thoughtfully as well. Thanks....

Just for fun, I will give you the objectivist point of view on your question.

You ask about whether it's redistribution to buy an American car when you want a Japanese one. The answer is no. It's just normal "distribution." On the other hand, it could be viewed as a sacrifice. If you want a Honda because you find the quality higher, but buy American because you want to be politically correct, you are sacrificing your desire for higher quality in favor of your desire to do what you might consider more socially acceptable. However, it's not yet a sacrifice because you're still making value judgements about which of these are more important to you. It becomes a sacrifice when you decide that your desire for higher quality is more than your desire to be politically correct, and you move towards being politically correct anyway. In this way, you are acting against your own individual tastes in favor of social tastes. Objectivism sees this as error.

This example, however, doesn't do justice because in the end, it is you who are making the choice - and thus when you make the choice, you make a value judgement as to which is more important to you - thus it's not really a sacrifice. When it becomes a sacrifice is when you are forced by societal authority to buy American (thus forcing you to act against your own interests and preferences). Objectivism finds this as not only error, but evil and corrupting of the very society that such force is intended to protect.
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