We've been having some trouble getting psyched up for consumer advocate Elizabeth Warren's Senate run, mostly because the Senate is more or less the modern U.S equivalent of the elephant graveyard in The Lion King. But then we saw this video!
In it, Warren explains, and defends, what she calls the "underlying social contract"—basically, the liberal conception of the state. And it's not just that she's defending the public sector—it's that she's smart, funny, no-nonsense, and tells a good story. This is the kind of video you can forward to your cousin who's really into hunting! And if Warren keeps up this tone and energy during her whole Senate run, it's going to be a fun trip.
Here's a transcript, via Steve Benen:
I hear all this, you know, ‘Well, this is class warfare, this is whatever.' No. There is nobody in this country who got rich on his own. Nobody.
You built a factory out there? Good for you. But I want to be clear: you moved your goods to market on the roads the rest of us paid for; you hired workers the rest of us paid to educate; you were safe in your factory because of police forces and fire forces that the rest of us paid for. You didn't have to worry that marauding bands would come and seize everything at your factory, and hire someone to protect against this, because of the work the rest of us did.
Now look, you built a factory and it turned into something terrific, or a great idea? God bless. Keep a big hunk of it. But part of the underlying social contract is you take a hunk of that and pay forward for the next kid who comes along.