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    Re: Real Wealth is Decreasing

    Quote Originally Posted by phattonez View Post
    There's more to life than accumulating as much material wealth as possible. If your society makes basic human activities like getting married and having kids prohibitively expensive, then that society has failed. This is why I made that "have some condoms" remark. It's a banal existence, yet if that's what gets you ahead monetarily, then according to libertarian ethics it's a good thing. We are made for higher ends.
    The purpose of life is up to each person, not you. That why it says "pursuit of happiness" in our founding documents. The purpose of society is not to make having a family cheap, its to protect each individuals life and freedom so they can pursue happiness.

    SO, money has nothing to do with libertarian ethics. What increases your liberty is a good thing. What you do with your liberty, whether that collecting property or giving it away, is a good thing.

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    Re: Real Wealth is Decreasing

    Quote Originally Posted by phattonez View Post
    if that's what gets you ahead monetarily, then according to libertarian ethics it's a good thing.
    libertarian ethics is about freedom from govt, not getting ahead monetarily. I'll pay you $10,000 if this is not true. Back to school for the liberal!

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    Re: Real Wealth is Decreasing

    Pretty much proven fact at this point. And its because all the wealth is going to such a tiny few that it leaves the vast majority of use struggling with less. But hey righties, keep blindly worshipping the rich that take all the wealth, and worse, fight to get even more wealth they don't even need

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    Re: Real Wealth is Decreasing

    Quote Originally Posted by Sampson Simpson View Post
    Pretty much proven fact at this point. And its because all the wealth is going to such a tiny few that it leaves the vast majority of use struggling with less.
    wrong of course, its not zero sum game. If Bezos earns money it does not mean you cant. Where did you get that absurd idea????

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    Re: Real Wealth is Decreasing

    Quote Originally Posted by Sampson Simpson View Post
    , keep blindly worshipping the rich that take all the wealth,
    how do you take wealth in a free society?? If you don't want Bezos to have your wealth you are free not to buy from him and even to tell others not to buy from him! You want to give him your wealth and then accuse him of taking it. See why we say liberalism is based in pure total ignorance?

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    Re: Real Wealth is Decreasing

    Quote Originally Posted by Sampson Simpson View Post
    Pretty much proven fact at this point. And its because all the wealth is going to such a tiny few that it leaves the vast majority of use struggling with less. But hey righties, keep blindly worshipping the rich that take all the wealth, and worse, fight to get even more wealth they don't even need
    Technically they earn 1% of the wealth. Thats why they are the 1%.

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    Re: Real Wealth is Decreasing

    Quote Originally Posted by jonny5 View Post
    Technically they earn 1% of the wealth. Thats why they are the 1%.
    1% refers to population........

    Wow
    It is not very unreasonable that the rich should contribute to the public expense, not only in proportion to their revenue, but something more than in that proportion.
    "Wealth of Nations," Book V, Chapter II, Part II, Article I, pg.911

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    Re: Real Wealth is Decreasing

    Quote Originally Posted by jonny5 View Post
    Technically they earn 1% of the wealth. Thats why they are the 1%.
    Just to reiterate, ALL the wealth does not go to a tiny few. 20% of the wealth does (if by tiny you mean 1.5 million people) Almost all of the wealth goes to the bottom 99% of earners. In 2016 they earned 8.2 trillion in wealth. Compared to 2 trillion for the top 1%.

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    Re: Real Wealth is Decreasing

    Quote Originally Posted by jonny5 View Post
    Just to reiterate, ALL the wealth does not go to a tiny few. 20% of the wealth does (if by tiny you mean 1.5 million people) Almost all of the wealth goes to the bottom 99% of earners. In 2016 they earned 8.2 trillion in wealth. Compared to 2 trillion for the top 1%.
    and the beauty of living in a free country is that if you don't want Bezos to have so much wealth you are free not to buy from him with your wealth, and you can even encourage others to do the same. But to buy from him and then try to use govt to steal the money back at gunpoint is low class.

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    Re: Real Wealth is Decreasing

    Quote Originally Posted by James972 View Post
    and the beauty of living in a free country is that if you don't want Bezos to have so much wealth you are free not to buy from him with your wealth, and you can even encourage others to do the same. But to buy from him and then try to use govt to steal the money back at gunpoint is low class.
    Ideally yes, though of course govt regulation tends to steer you towards monopolies. Air travel for example is heavily regulated such that entry into the market is costly. Or mortgage loans, utilities, education, and on and on.

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