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Terry in Austin Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-22-08 02:48 PM
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76. What we WILL do is
Exactly what the people running the show say we will do. They are "the wealthier in society," and they will allow nothing that may threaten their power and privilege. Count on it.

No, you don't go after them, because you don't have the power to do it. They're the ones who set the policy, and it sure isn't going to involve scorching any of their earth!

Now, if we're hypothesizing about what would make a better world, here's a very modest proposal: we take a step or two up the evolutionary scale from this Darwinian alpha-ape-takes-all jungle, and go on to something fair and actually civilized.

Here's fair: make wealth an accurate measure of the amount of productive labor an individual performs. Then, if one guy is three times richer than the next, it is because he is three times more productive, three times more talented, three times more skilled, three times better.

This would naturally bring wealth disparity within a fairly narrow range. I seriously doubt that any human being is, say, ten times better than any other, by any measure you care to mention. And certainly not four hundred times, which is the current range.

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