Irvine, CA–As President Bush ends his tour of Latin America, he has vowed to deliver “social justice” to poor Latin Americans.

“In announcing his commitment to achieving ‘social justice’ in Latin America,” said Dr. Yaron Brook, executive director of the Ayn Rand Institute, “President Bush is following in the footsteps, not of Thomas Jefferson, but of Hugo Chavez.

“‘Social justice’ is the notion that everyone deserves an equal share of the wealth that exists in a nation–regardless of how productive he is. Justice, on this view, consists of seizing the wealth of the productive and giving it to the unproductive. This is the ideal preached and conscientiously put into practice by leftist dictators like Chavez.

“But it is precisely this type of envy-driven philosophy that is responsible for the wretched conditions in Latin America. It is no mystery why a nation that shackles and loots its most productive citizens should be weighed down by poverty and stagnation.

“President Bush should tell the people of Latin America to reject the immoral goal of ‘social justice’ and embrace the American principles of freedom and capitalism.”

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