[Wealth redistribution, welfare state, nanny state, class warfare: all the usual epithets flung about by the right wing apply most of all to … the filthy rich. A revealing post from The Conversation.]
By Philip Soos, Deakin University
A few weeks ago, a Deakin University academic, Martin Hirst, made some interesting comments about the politics and economics of class warfare and redistribution. He correctly noted that the accusations of class warfare by Coalition politicians and newspaper journalists against the ALP in relation to the recent budget are clearly overblown. The usual rhetoric of socialism, class warfare, envy, punishing success, neglecting wealth creation and so on were bandied about.