There are two novels that can change a bookish fourteen-year old's life: The Lord of the Rings and Atlas Shrugged. One is a childish fantasy that often engenders a lifelong obsession with its unbelievable heroes, leading to an emotionally stunted, socially crippled adulthood, unable to deal with the real world. The other, of course, involves orcs.... John Rogers
A graduated income tax is just smoke to make it appear the State is addressing the poverty issue. In order to truly tackle the rich/poor gap we must get to the root of the problem. Benjamin Tucker identified 4 monopolies that the elite benefit from through the State: Land Monopoly, Money Monopoly, Tariff Monopoly, and the Patent Monopoly. They are as much a factor today as they were when he wrote about them 100 years ago.Yeah... graduated taxation is a real privilege.
Which is much like saying a goldfish in a fishbowl has control/power over itself. Sure, it can swim, eat, etc. But nevertheless it is restricted.Individuals have control, have the power, even in this socialist society.
I am opposed to penalizing the fruits of labor. Any legitimately earned wealth should go untaxed.When government penalizes wealth
You're right there. Over-regulation leads to fewer opportunities for the common man to get a job, start a business, and acquire wealth. This actually supports my point that we are not simply free to do whatever we want.and pours on regulation the poor have a more difficult time with upward mobility.
When government removes the barriers/privileges I mentioned, then we can see a wealthier society in general.When government doesn't try to level things out, when it allows people to be as wealthy as they like there are more jobs and that fuller employment raises wages.
"Men did not make the earth ... it is the value of the improvement only, and not the earth itself, that is individual property... Every proprietor owes to the community a ground rent for the land which he holds." -- Thomas Paine, Agrarian Justice
the unequal distribution of income
and so working hard like animals and being treated like animals
What is Social Justice?
In Australia, we have a pretty good understanding of what justice is. You know, justice is that thing that involves courts and lawyers, which makes sure that the bad guys get punished, the good guys get compensated, and that everyone gets a fair go...
But what happens when society itself is the 'bad guy'? What happens to justice when our spending habits keep people enslaved? When the law or national policy victimises the poor and marginalised? When community attitudes stop people from receiving the support and assistance they desperately need?
The answer? When society is the perpetrator of injustice, unfairness is tolerated, accepted, even regarded as 'necessary'.
And social injustice won't end until someone stands up for those who don't have the ability to stand up for themselves.
That's really what we're on about when we talk about social justice - it's the pursuit of justice purely for someone else's sake. It's the pursuit of justice even if we don't get any benefit from the outcome. It's the pursuit of justice even if we ourselves need to make sacrifices in order to ensure everyone receives the same fair go.
What is Social Justice? » salvos.org.au/more/
"Sovereignty is not given, it is taken." ATATÜRK
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I can't believe out of $16 trillion dollars in debt they couldn't find a measly $1 million for me.
Einstein, "science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind."
Perhaps you could give us some example of this "social injustice" of unequal distribution of income. If someone wants to earn CEO pay, then they do what is necessary to become a CEO, otherwise, tough donuts. If someone doesn't like their pay, then they can go elsewhere or make themselves more valuable. They don't show they are willing to work hard and improve themselves, then why should others give a damned about them.
Be sure to work hard and get lots of overtime. People on welfare want more steaks and free upgrades to smart phones with unlimited data packages.