Originally Posted by rognvald
There is an unhealthy mentality among some in Western countries today to demonize those that have wealth and been successful in their lives. Whether it be stated or implied, it debases the freedom of people to pursue their own self-interests and excel based upon their given talents. It seeks to affirm that everyone is the same. It is not true. It is counter-nature. Wealth is an essential ingredient for the success of a nation. It is how America became the greatest superpower in the world. If we lose it, it will lead to our demise. Stop demonizing those who have achieved more than you. Jealousy and envy are destructive to the soul.
Normally, I'd be inclined to agree with you, but when the government
is clearly being manipulated by money
, and becomes hesitant in it's role as a market regulator
and objective arbiter, it becomes less about competence and more about someone's thumb being on the scale.
I don't think everyone has the same skills, abilities, or drive, and we need a system that rewards those things. That's different, however, from a system that makes the rich richer at the expense of the people who are actually doing all the work.
There is a natural tendency for the powerful to try and rig the system. We need a government
that is strong enough to prevent the system from being rigged. If we're not vigilant, ours may well support making the successful class too small and the dependent class too large, which won't really be good for anyone.
Of course this topic is much to complex to solve in a cruisers forum.