Its sad that out of the following options from the OP (see below), more people picked option A than any other option... perhaps more people need to vote on this?
Being number one in the world economy.
Increasing the current disadvantage of those born into poor families.
No free access to healthcare.
No free access to any level of education.
No food and shelter safety nets.
Being number one in military power.
Voting power is decided by the level of monetary contributions in taxes.
Being among the top 10 economic forces in the world.
Slightly decreasing the disadvantage of those born into poor families.
Free access to only the most minimal health care for the poor.
Free access to no more than secondary education for the poor.
Food and shelter safety nets that serve only to keep people alive.
Being among the top 10 military powers in the world.
Everyone pays the same percentage of their income in taxes.
Being among the top 50% of the economic forces in the world.
Almost complete removal of the disadvantage of those born into poor families.
Free access to quality health care for the poor.
Free access to all schooling levels and all schools for those capable of completing the coursework.
Food and shelter safety nets that serve to allow equal physical health.
Being among the top 50% of military forces in the world.
Progressive taxation is applied without loopholes.
Unknown world economic power status.
Enforcing equality of outcome (not to be confused with equality of opportunity).
Unknown world military power status.
Taxes are decided based on the amount needed to create equality of outcome.
Children, whether "of the rich" or not, must not be required to do anything on their own. They're children. It doesn't matter whether their parents will buy them everything or can hardly buy them anything. They're still children and children are dependents. There is no realistic or ethical way to saddlebag children just because their parents are able to set them up for success better than other parents are able to set their children up.Originally Posted by PrometheusBound
Should we subtract a grade from the math tests of students whose parents are math teachers? There are many, many, many types of advantages that parents can try to pass down to their children, as they should, and to suggest government interference in that process for the sake of fairness is one of the most ridiculous propositions around.
This inherently does not make sense. It is anti-competitive to force winners to accept handicaps for equality's sake. Competitiveness means accepting the inevitable realities of different outcomes. To force equal outcomes is to be anti-competitive. Not thought through at all. Just emotional vitriol.he would have to use his economic dominance to make it more possible for the rest of us if we made his own children subject to the same competitive requirements as everybody else.
And then it careens further into careless and completely unsupported generalizations. You're defending this, MusicAdventurer? Really?Of course, because greedheads are nasty or negligent parents, they have to buy the love of anyone close to them to make up for their own distant and self-obsessed personalities. They'll throw a tantrum if they can't finance trophy children, so they'll have to be forced to quit their claim that they have a right to use their money for anti-social goals.
My challenge still stands. Before we see anymore broad-brush generalizations about anyone with significant money or anyone who's able to pass down some sort of competitive advantage to his or her children, why don't the ranters like PrometheusBound provide some real life examples to go along with their virulence? Sure there are some criminally bad rich ***holes out there. No doubt about that. But why not start naming some archetypes of this characterization?
I know why. Because the myth of a purely evil enemy is more arousing than identifying real life examples, and frankly some emotional types enjoy arousing themselves with rage more than being rational and balanced.
Last edited by Neomalthusian; 07-18-13 at 10:00 PM.
"The knowledge and prudence of the poor themselves, are absolutely the only means by which any general and permanent improvement in their condition can be effected." - Thomas Malthus