Hollywood hates the economic system that makes it rich – Acton Institute PowerBlog


John Stossel is fed up with celebrities complaining about the very economic system that made them rich. From Russell Brand demanding the redistribution of wealth to George Lucas denouncing “capitalist democracy”, celebrities who are rolling in the dough seem to suffer from a sort of entrepreneurial guilt. Of course, they don’t feel guilty enough to ditch one of their seven planes (a la Harrison Ford) to reduce their carbon footprint, but guilty enough to tell us that capitalism is wrong. Very bad.

It’s bad enough that celebrities are destroying the only economic system that improves the lives of the poor. The worst part is that many are hypocrites.

Celebrities who support politicians in big governments regularly enjoy tax breaks, reducing the amount they contribute to that government.

It’s good that Obama supporter Bon Jovi has a foundation that builds houses for the poor, but at tax time the musician sees himself as a “farmer.” He only pays $ 100 in state property tax. And his tax evasion trick: raising bees.

Of course, there are some in Hollywood who see it differently, usually after trying to start a business.

When longtime actor and Democrat Rob Schneider tried to start a business, he was so offended by heavy California regulations that he left the state and changed political parties.

Comedian Drew Carey, on Reason.tv, says we don’t need to have a big government telling us what to do all the time, and Stossel clearly agrees.

It’s good to be a celebrity in America. However, their denigration of the economic system that helped make her a celebrity is a bit like Marie Antoinette telling peasants to eat cake. Capitalism for me, but not for you.


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