I don’t know if he’s the first person to say this, but it’s the first time I’ve heard it expressed like this: Kevin Williamson very profoundly explains the difference between the way conservatives see people and the way liberals see people:
For the conservative, people are an asset — in the coldest economic terms, a potentially productive unit of labor. For the progressive, people are a liability — a mouth to be fed, a problem in need of a solution. Understanding that difference of perspective renders understandable the sometimes wildly different views that conservatives and progressives have about things like employment policy.
Yes, employment policy. Among other things. If you see people as a liability, it starts making sense to look for all kinds of loopholes concerning who gets classified as “people.”