But your entire argument is based on the fault premise that everybody who has money earned it, or at least came by it honestly. They didn't. They got that money by reliance on a system that supports murder, deception, apartheid and every manner of crime you can think of.
The rich benefit more from government coercion than the poor do. It is demonstrable by the fact they there is such a tremendous disparity between the top 1% and the bottom 95%, as has been observed by my esteemed colleague Barb. Certainly these benefits are passive (police protection, tort shields, caste systems, what have you) but they are there, while the poor benefit actively from government. But this is a difference in means of benefit, not degree.
The rich clearly benefit from government coercion to a far greater degree than the poor. The poor may "benefit" by coercive regimes like welfare, but the immorality of this sort of coercion (which you term "wealth redistribution") pales in comparison with the government enforced "wealth redistribution" that flows from the poor to the rich. That is why it is fair to extract high taxes from the rich, to compensate the poor for the injustice done them by an inherently unjust government.
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