TED Conversations

This conversation is closed.

Social Equality? So share the expenses of the wealthy, too.

Assuming socialism is right, the rich should give the poor their money. Why does it not also follow that the poor must also then share in the risks/debts/expenses/hard work/smart work/saving money which the wealthy use to create economic wealth?

Share:

Showing single comment thread. View the full conversation.

  • thumb
    Apr 7 2013: I guess the consensus is that the poor should get a share of the wealth without a share of the risk. I guess it is easy and even politically correct to suggest that others give out their wealth be it earned or inherited. I wonder, do people who take this position feel superior or noble? For those who may hold to old moral values, it would seem to violate the 10th commandment. I guess I could say "Bill Gates, you have more money than God, shame on you for not giving it to the poor!"
    I could say that, but I won't feel right about it. It's not my money. Who am I to tell Bill how to spend his wealth. Now, if I heard that Bill made a big contribution to help some worthy cause, I would say "Good for Bill!"
    Maybe there should be a law. Wait a minute, there is a law....tax law. Government takes money from the wealthy...OK, it's progressive rate and gives it to the poor. But not before, the government takes a healthy skim off the top to help find more poor. Sometimes, I think they may even create poor to keep the flow going.
    But, as long as there are a group of those noble folks out there who call for more from the wealthy to help the poor, the government will continue to make it happen.
    • Apr 8 2013: "The poor should get a share of the wealth without a share of the risk" What exactly is the risk to which you refer? If you have nothing, or perhaps are in the position of having something, that something being the means (e.g. a minimum wage job) to barely sustain yourself and your family, what exactly would you suggest that they risk? By the way, Bill Gates DOES give millions and millions to charitable causes. Maybe he gets something that you don't. If you have a high school education, (and don't tell me you think that everyone is college material) try living on your wages from Walmart. First of all they will not give you a full time job so that they don't have to give you benefits. Are you aware that most employees of WalMart are paid so badly that they qualify for government assistance in the form of Medicaid and Food Stamps that cost hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars? Basically that means that your taxes and mine are subsidizing WalMart so that their stockholders can make lots of profit. There are only three choices here. Either something forces WalMart to treat their employees better, or we continue to use tax dollars to subsidize their profits, or we have a whole lot more people who are hungry, homeless, and sick, even though they are willing to work....Think of how well that worked in France before the revolution.

Showing single comment thread. View the full conversation.