View Poll Results: Is Redistribution of Wealth a valid exercise of Government authority?

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  • Yes, it is an essential component of modern societies.

    11 22.45%
  • Yes, it is not optimal, but a necessary function.

    13 26.53%
  • No, it is not a valid form of Government authority.

    13 26.53%
  • No, it is neither necessary nor moral.

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Thread: Redistribution of Wealth.

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    Re: Redistribution of Wealth.

    Quote Originally Posted by Robbie Loucks View Post
    I think it would be a necessary step to prevent another French Revolution from occurring, to say the least. I guess the first option fits me best.

    LOL, I love this argument.

    pay off the poor or they will revolt

    I say let them revolt

    remember what a Brit (Hilaire Belloc) once said in response to someone saying the "Natives" might revolt

    No matter what happens, we have got
    the Maxim gun, and they have not.



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    Re: Redistribution of Wealth.

    Quote Originally Posted by TurtleDude View Post
    I say let them revolt
    We don't need any more domestic problems than we already have

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    Re: Redistribution of Wealth.

    Quote Originally Posted by Robbie Loucks View Post
    We don't need any more domestic problems than we already have
    we'd have far less problems afterwards though!



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    Re: Redistribution of Wealth.

    If we can entertain the thought of redistributing wealth from the rich to the rest, why not also entertain the thought of redistributing the wealth of the rest to the rich where it will be better managed? How about a progressive tax that taxes the lazy, fat, stupid, mediocre and irrelevant the most and those that create wealth the least? Doesn't that sound like the beginning of a great society of capable people who get things done instead of sitting around waiting for their government check to arrive?

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    Re: Redistribution of Wealth.

    Quote Originally Posted by Robbie Loucks View Post
    I think it would be a necessary step to prevent another French Revolution from occurring, to say the least. I guess the first option fits me best.
    Revolution? For what...iPad's with more memory?

    Americans already get enough food, shelter and medical care to easily survive by sitting on their butts and doing absolutely nothing.

    You honestly think they are going to risk that AND their lives just so their iPad's can have retina display's?

    I highly doubt it.


    That's probably why the government does what they are doing...implement programs (like QE) that benefit the rich while drastically raising social programs (like Obamacare) to appease everyone else.
    Their rich, Wall St. buddies get richer and the masses get more and more dependent on the government. Win-win for them.

    Lose-lose for everyone else...except the mega rich, of course.
    Last edited by DA60; 01-27-14 at 04:07 AM.

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    Re: Redistribution of Wealth.

    Depends on what kind of society we wish to have. If democratic-capitalist then yes. When the People do not own the means of production, then yes, wealth (mostly defined as money) redistribution is necessary.

    If the owners of industry also own all the money then how can capitalism function? The only result of that can be economic stagnation.

    If you wish for society to revert to a more plutocratic rule, then no, wealth distribution is completely unnecessary. This is because a plutocratic society only requires a lower class which functions as menial labor and de facto serfdom. Whoever has the money makes the rules.

    For a functional democracy, the People must at least have a moderate share of the wealth for purchasing power, since they typically do not have much political power beyond the vote.

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    Re: Redistribution of Wealth.

    Quote Originally Posted by Northern Light View Post
    For a functional democracy, the People must at least have a moderate share of the wealth for purchasing power,
    What about wages?
    If you expect people to be rational, you aren't being rational.

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    Re: Redistribution of Wealth.

    If you dont think redistribution of wealth is isnt essential or a natural authority of government then you probably dont think any government is natural since the 1700's...


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    Re: Redistribution of Wealth.

    Quote Originally Posted by TurtleDude View Post
    LOL, I love this argument.

    pay off the poor or they will revolt

    I say let them revolt

    remember what a Brit (Hilaire Belloc) once said in response to someone saying the "Natives" might revolt

    No matter what happens, we have got
    the Maxim gun, and they have not.
    judging from the subsidies they receive already most of them would be too damn lazy to to get up off the couch and go to the door and scream in definace much less a physical revolt.

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