This is not easy even in America, where an ever increasing number of people are being bribed by taxpayers' money in one way or another (or will be bribed as long as the money lasts):
The government has been abetting this trend for years by exempting an increasing number of Americans from federal taxation. My colleague Adam Lerrick showed in these pages last year that the percentage of American adults who have no federal income-tax liability will rise to 49% from 40% under Mr. Obama's tax plan. Another 11% will pay less than 5% of their income in federal income taxes and less than $1,000 in total.How much more difficult it is over on this side of the Pond, where the belief that the state is there to help you until such time when the money runs out. Then there is much howling and gnashing of teeth. Meanwhile, those who can create the wealth are driven out of the economy either by ever higher taxation or by the regulatory structure that makes it impossible for businesses to expand or to hire more people. Maybe we, too, should start thinking about tea parties.
To put a modern twist on the old axiom, a man who is not a socialist at 20 has no heart; a man who is still a socialist at 40 either has no head, or pays no taxes. Social Democrats are working to create a society where the majority are net recipients of the "sharing economy." They are fighting a culture war of attrition with economic tools. Defenders of capitalism risk getting caught flat-footed with increasingly antiquated arguments that free enterprise is a Main Street pocketbook issue. Progressives are working relentlessly to see that it is not.