"Strictly speaking, all amassing or hoarding of wealth above and beyond one's legitimate requirements is theft. There would be no occasion for theft, and therefore no thieves, if there were wise regulations of wealth and absolute social justice."
A fact: There is a limited amount of material wealth available in the world. However much it is, and it is obviously vast, it is finite. When individuals are allowed, even encouraged, to gather unlimited fortunes, the vast majority of folks are going to be left sucking the shit end of the stick.
The human who takes way more than they need to live comfortably, frankly, is one of the faces of true evil in the world today. For every Mitt Romney (or Donald Trump, or [your favorite entitled jackass here]) there are legions of families who could be adequately fed, housed, doctored and employed for only a fraction of his wealth.
When you have more money than you and your children can possibly spend in a lifetime, how do you justify taking more?
How do you square your constant pressure to contribute less and less to the world you plunder more each year?
How much is enough?
The United States has been down this road before, leading to sharp divides in the people: the 1770s, the 1860s, and the 1960s, to name a few. What makes this time different, imo worse, is that the divide is not about ideology or politics. It's about money, greed, pure and simple. The 400 richest Americans own as much wealth as the poorest half of us, and they are happy to use that money to buy elected officials who legislate to maintain their bloat-rate.
We have allowed the psycho-pathetic fringe of our country to commandeer our media, in large part; we have allowed them to take over statehouses and legislatures nation-wide. They have launched a full-scale attack on public education, because, you know, if nobody makes a buck on it it must be bad. They have sworn to roll back every piece of humane legislation since the 1920s because
The question is no longer who will let them; it's who will stop them.
Ayn Rand, paraphrased, #19
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