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    should we judge people by their bank accounts?

    As stated in another post, some poor and/or homeless people are more law abiding than the seemingly "civilized" people who have $$$

    A lot of rich people do horrible things but society tends to instead look down upon the ones who have nothing, as if it is all their own fault they have nothing. Believe me, it is NOT. There are hundreds of factors involved in why a given person is homeless or destitute. Over 2/3 of women who are homeless are homeless due to domestic violence. And of course some of those women have children. They are simply trying to stay safe or maybe even stay alive.

    a list of crooked rich people would be very long

    Jeffrey Epstein
    Anthony Wiener
    that Durst guy who killed several people

    most politicians in DC?


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    Re: should we judge people by their bank accounts?

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    should we judge people by their bank accounts?
    That's what your favorite President does.

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    Re: should we judge people by their bank accounts?

    Quote Originally Posted by Slavister View Post
    That's what your favorite President does.
    The US has been culturally drifting in that direction ever since the Reagan era.

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    Re: should we judge people by their bank accounts?

    Some rich people are bad and some are good. Some poor people are bad and some are good.

    Is that news?

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    Re: should we judge people by their bank accounts?

    Quote Originally Posted by Good4Nothin View Post
    Some rich people are bad and some are good. Some poor people are bad and some are good.

    Is that news?
    The problem is that culturally, we have come to think of poverty as a moral failure, and to worship wealth as a marker of virtue, worth, and honor. The truth is that there are a lot of very good, virtuous, honorable, respectable, hard-working, knowledgeable poor people around; and a lot of very cheap, low-class, dishonorable, lazy, ignorant, and stupid wealthy people around. Life is complicated, and there are a lot of contingent factors other than character and work ethic that go into whether someone has a big bank account or not. I worry that we are losing track of that as a culture, and judging people just on the number in their bank account.

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    Re: should we judge people by their bank accounts?

    Quote Originally Posted by narrowroad View Post
    As stated in another post, some poor and/or homeless people are more law abiding than the seemingly "civilized" people who have $$$

    A lot of rich people do horrible things but society tends to instead look down upon the ones who have nothing, as if it is all their own fault they have nothing. Believe me, it is NOT. There are hundreds of factors involved in why a given person is homeless or destitute. Over 2/3 of women who are homeless are homeless due to domestic violence. And of course some of those women have children. They are simply trying to stay safe or maybe even stay alive.

    a list of crooked rich people would be very long

    Jeffrey Epstein
    Anthony Wiener
    that Durst guy who killed several people

    most politicians in DC?

    Under free market Capitalism or capitalism subject to the social-ism of Government?

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    Re: should we judge people by their bank accounts?

    Quote Originally Posted by ataraxia View Post
    The problem is that culturally, we have come to think of poverty as a moral failure, and to worship wealth as a marker of virtue, worth, and honor. The truth is that there are a lot of very good, virtuous, honorable, respectable, hard-working, knowledgeable poor people around; and a lot of very cheap, low-class, dishonorable, lazy, ignorant, and stupid wealthy people around. Life is complicated, and there are a lot of contingent factors other than character and work ethic that go into whether someone has a big bank account or not. I worry that we are losing track of that as a culture, and judging people just on the number in their bank account.
    There a big segment of america that sees wealth as a moral failure as well and are hell bent on punishing the successful to reward the less so. There is nothing inherently wrong with being poor but there likewise is nothing inherently wrong with being wealthy.

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    Re: should we judge people by their bank accounts?

    Quote Originally Posted by Drawdown View Post
    There a big segment of america that sees wealth as a moral failure as well and are hell bent on punishing the successful to reward the less so. There is nothing inherently wrong with being poor but there likewise is nothing inherently wrong with being wealthy.
    No, the idea that poverty is a moral failure, and wealth is a sure marker of character, work ethic, and intelligence, is a bedrock of the modern conservative mindset and platform.

    If you disagree, what are your thoughts on this conservative commentator?

    Poverty & Morality: A Conservative Examination | National Review

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    Re: should we judge people by their bank accounts?

    In response to the title question, I offer the following counter-question.

    Are there any save-a-soul missions in Short Hills?

    Regards.
    "And gladly wolde he lerne and gladly teche." Chaucer, the Canterbury Tales.

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    Re: should we judge people by their bank accounts?

    Quote Originally Posted by ataraxia View Post
    No, the idea that poverty is a moral failure, and wealth is a sure marker of character, work ethic, and intelligence, is a bedrock of the modern conservative mindset and platform.

    If you disagree, what are your thoughts on this conservative commentator?

    Poverty & Morality: A Conservative Examination | National Review
    Since you refuse to acknowledge that the other side of that same coin even exists, I will not be reading your link or commenting upon it as this is not an issue I see discussing with some one who is selectively closed-minded on the topic.

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