Those on the Left think raising prices during a disaster is cruel.
And those on the Right think raising prices in a disaster will save lives.
Notice how the two sides are concerned about different things.
On the Left, some are primarily concerned with being seen to care (I think it’s called virtue-signalling?), and presumably some genuinely believe that if you just care enough all will be well – motives are all that matter.
On the Right, people are generally a bit more hard-headed – they care less about being seen to care, and primarily care about what actually works.
Look at the recent price controls on water, for example.
The Left worry that raising prices during a disaster will mean some won’t be able to afford the water and many will die.
The Right worry that without raising prices during a disaster, the water will be cheap enough for the guy at the front of the queue to buy it all, and many will die.
It’s important to note that both sides have the same goal – preventing deaths.
But their solutions are very different.
Here the Left fall down every time – when the Right disagrees with their solutions, it is claimed they disagree with their goals.
We should pause at this point to acknowledge what a terrible lie this is.
Disagreeing with solutions does NOT necessarily mean disagreeing with goals. We ALL want to feed the starving and water the thirsty. We just disagree about HOW.
Yet when the Right question the solutions on the Left, they get called evil.
Whereas when the Left question the solutions on the Right, they merely get called moronic.
Incidentally, this is why the Left are so politically unscrupulous and are generally willing to embrace any tactic, no matter how unethical – the Right only believes it is trying to educate morons, but the Left believes it is trying to conquer evil.
Notwithstanding, the Right will contend that if prices rise, the number of entrepreneurial people scrambling to get all that lovely money will ensure a ready supply of water into the disaster zone.
The Left contend that keeping the price low will mean everyone will be able to afford the water, without noticing that keeping water cheap will mean the supply vanishes immediately and there is almost no-one new willing to supply it.
After all, would you drive 1000 miles with a trunk full of bottled water on the off-chance you’ll be able to sell it and make just enough to cover your gas? If the answer is Yes then congratulations, you are one of the virtue-signallers we talked about earlier.
But there will be no shortage of “greedy bastards” willing to drive 1000 miles if they know they’ll be able to make $10,000 from their trunk full of water.
So do we want the occasional saint delivering water, or a horde of sinners?
If you were dying of thirst, would you want to see a sad hippy with no water left, willing to commiserate with you? Or a horde of greedy capitalists with their cars packed with water?
And this is why greed is good and capitalism works – it is the only economic system that we have found that does not rely on people to be kind (which they sadly do in too few numbers to save us ALL) but instead has found a way to turn their greed (of which there is sadly no shortage) into a system that CAN save us all (economically speaking)
So the Left wishes the world was lovely, and wishes it so fervently it would rather fail and die, whereas the Right accepts the world is NOT lovely and always looks to focus on what actually saves lives.
We see this again and again, and the Left never learn – they just demonise their opponents who then sigh heavily and try again and again to educate a new generation about how the real world is not as intuitive and straightforward as they imagine. Sadly, there is no shortage of those old enough to know better fighting to mis-educate the next generation.
Look at Polly Toynbee.
P.S – Weirdly, allowing the price of water to rise and ensuring that a supply of it is available to everyone rather than just the guy who was at the front of the queue is actually highly redistributive! The Left have overlooked this, as the vector is not money but time – they can’t understand that being rich enough to buy the water is just like arriving early enough to buy the water.