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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    Redistribution of Wealth.

    An often mentioned subject that I'd like to gauge DP's general opinion on. Is redistribution of wealth a valid exercise of government authority?

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    Re: Redistribution of Wealth.

    Some redistribution is the price we pay for a wealthy society. I think the question is in degree.
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    An often mentioned subject that I'd like to gauge DP's general opinion on. Is redistribution of wealth a valid exercise of government authority?
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    Re: Redistribution of Wealth.

    There is a natural tendency for power and wealth to concentrate.

    The richer you are the easier it is to become more rich.

    If you have made a fortune; well done!

    Right, what is it for? I mean, once you have the second car, the horse, the second house, the 6 vacations a year.... What do you want more money for?

    Obviously the answer is that you are highly competitive and enjoy the whole process of making money. If that was not the case you wouldn't be where you are. Again, good on you!

    So the money after the first million is just keeping score. It's just about competition. So why not give lots of it away in tax? As long as all the other millionaires have to do the same.

    Would you like to live in world where there are lots of utterly desperate people looking to rob you with violence at the slightest opportunity? Or prefer the freedom, the social wealth, to be able to walk down to the shop and visit the pub on the way home without a body guard?

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    Re: Redistribution of Wealth.

    Unfortunately, yes.

    The end result of capitalism is monopoly. The only way to prevent that is regulation, but more regulation results in entry barriers more and more extreme, resulting in more and more pooling of wealth.
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    Re: Redistribution of Wealth.

    Please define what is meant by "redistribution of wealth".

    You talking about income taxes?

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    Re: Redistribution of Wealth.

    Quote Originally Posted by a351 View Post
    An often mentioned subject that I'd like to gauge DP's general opinion on. Is redistribution of wealth a valid exercise of government authority?
    The poll might as well be:

    are you liberal or conservative...IMO, the vote will probably be about the same.

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    Re: Redistribution of Wealth.

    I would say no. In my opinion, the purpose of government is to...you know...govern. This means to arbitrate disputes and to secure our person, property, and individual liberty from assault and violation from other citizens and from foreign powers.

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    Re: Redistribution of Wealth.

    Quote Originally Posted by Federalist View Post
    I would say no. In my opinion, the purpose of government is to...you know...govern. This means to arbitrate disputes and to secure our person, property, and individual liberty from assault and violation from other citizens and from foreign powers.
    So things like education, roads, hospitals, sewers, clean water to drink, police fire and rescue.......those things should only be available to the people who can afford it? The rich?

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    Re: Redistribution of Wealth.

    government may stick its nose in your uterus but not in your wallet
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    Re: Redistribution of Wealth.

    Quote Originally Posted by DA60 View Post
    The poll might as well be:

    are you liberal or conservative...IMO, the vote will probably be about the same.
    Perhaps. Although there are conservatives in my personal experience and here on DP that recognize the need for such in various forms.

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