posted on Jun, 30 2009 @ 04:25 PM
That's a bit simplistic and makes the argument that rich people are rich because they are smarter, have more ambition, etc, etc...
You fail to take into account the economic system that the rich use to maintain their wealth: paying wages too low to allow for any accumulation of
wealth to occur because the prices are maintained high enough to absorb all available cash and then some, ensuring that the poor will be eternally in
debt to the wealthy. If I can control both wages and prices, I can create a permanent underclass that I can exploit at my whim.
The rich aren't rich because the are better, smarter, wiser, or work harder. They are rich because they are more ruthless, more selfish than anyone
else, and have far better access to the rules-making system. I've known quite a few millionaires, and the single most outstanding characteristic was
that they lacked any shred of empathy for others. Most bragged about how they were "self-made", despite the fact that they started in a priveleged
position, had easy access to capital, had family connections that translated into government contracts on all levels, and were frequently forgiven
loans when they crashed and burned.
One guy I knew specialized in finding good little companies and buying them out and reselling them shortly thereafter for a high profit. Sounds like
good ol' capitalism at its best, right? Except that he used his political and banking connections to make finances difficult for his targets; it
usually took a year to bring it down to where the owner who built it up grew fearful of losing it entirely, wherupon he'd swoop in as a white knight
to "save" them. He thought it made him superior to be able to create the conditions allowing him to buy companies cheap. However, he lacked any
other ability, so he had to resell quick before he ran it into the ground. Never had an original idea in his life, so far as I could tell, and
couldn't maintain a company or a relationship because he was basically a predator who disliked actually woring at anything other than stealing from
those with ideas and a work ethic.
[edit on 30-6-2009 by apacheman]