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Daniel Goldman

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Why should we consider wealth inequality within the middle class as a negative?

Of course, it makes sense why poverty should be avoided, and there are issues with a group of people being able to control the flow of resources through society (elites), but what about wealth inequality within the middle class? Is equality necessarily the best condition?

When it comes down to it, new technology is almost always far more expensive than existing technology. However, because there are people with "too much money on their hands", someone is around to purchase such technology. This gives the initial capital necessary to continue the development and production of these technologies and thus allow them to eventually decrease in price enough for them to become common place.

For clarification, by middle class, I do not mean those having a certain income or level of wealth. By middle class I mean those who are actively part of the consumer-producer complex: the core of the free market capitalist system.

References to how I view class stratification:


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  • Dec 17 2013: lots of should we and whys out there, but no real actionable how to do it fairly ideas, but this one discusses how it would save the earth from over gathering greeds! Have a look? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=98NHoNc5AI0
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      Dec 17 2013: Well this question is a "should we". If you want to address how to equalize wealth, start your own debate. You seem to be very set on equalizing wealth. Why?

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