Care to explain to me? And don’t (deleted) me with “They earned it.”
Short answers to dumb questions before you start getting mad.
Anyone can get rich if they work hard enough?
Sam Walton, founder of Wal-Mart, “worked hard” and “got rich”. Then he died. His three kids are now worth over 12 billion dollars each!
How hard did they work, climbing out of their mama and birth canal and all?
The Walton family need never lift a finger again…their fortune will grow inevitably.
When her parents die, Bill and Melinda Gates; little girl is going to be one of the richest individuals on the planet…did she work really hard for that money?
There are now hundreds of members of the Rockefeller family…all of whom are wealthier than 99% of all Americans…did they work “really hard” for their inheritances?
Capitalism is a big casino; for every huge winner there are tens of millions of losers…and work (hard, easy, or non-existent) has very little to do with it.
Do you think its fair for a doctor to be paid the same as a janitor?
Why not? If there were no janitors, housekeepers, sanitation workers, what would happen? You either have to do all that clean-up yourself or things would get filthy, germs would breed, you would get sick and die.
As a matter of fact, death rates started to decline in the second half of the 19th century…when medicine was still mostly quackery. Why? Because major European cities started building sewer systems and people stopped living in their own (deleted).
Every person who makes a genuine contribution to society deserves a living wage…an income sufficient to live with dignity.
We should have the freedom to get as rich as we want to.
Where do you think riches come from? Do they fall out of the sky?
You cannot create wealth out of thin air. The wealth that society as a whole produces is finite…a dollar in your pocket means a dollar less in someone elses pocket. Behind every rich person stand hundreds or thousands or even millions of poor people…losers in the capitalist casino.
So you are in the same ethical position as the old Confederate slave-owner…who thought he should have the “freedom” to buy as many slaves as he wanted to.
Are you willing to fight, kill, and even give up your own life for that “freedom”?
Communism is dead
So why are you talking to me? If communism were really dead, you wouldn’t waste a second of your time talking.
What you’re really saying is that you hope that communism will “stay dead”.
We shall see.
If communism and socialism are so great, then why are all socialist countries living in dire poverty?
They were even worse off before they had socialism. Places like Russia and China were (deleted) still living in the middle ages before their revolutions; socialism created their modern economies out of nothing.
There’s really only one semi-socialist country left – Cuba – and if you want to compare it with some place, compare it to Jamaica or the Dominican Republic or even Costa Rica…places where many (most?) people still live like it was 1850.
It’s true that capitalism has been restored in Russia and China – which is where that “communism is dead” stuff comes from. But that didn’t happen because people wanted it to…there were objective material conditions that caused that to happen.
It’s a complicated question; but the short version is that communism can only come into existence after a capitalist economy has developed as far as it can. Thus the people in Russia, China, etc. never had communism even though the ruling parties called themselves “communists”. What they really had in those places was something they called “socialism”…but which was actually a kind of capitalism without capitalists. Eventually, the party bosses donated their red flags and membership cards to a museum and became openly capitalist themselves.
In the real world, things are not always what they seem.
**Communism goes against human nature, while Capitalism encourages the following.
Wrath, Greed, Sloth, Pride, Lust, Envy, and Gluttony**.