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However, our society’s institutions operate from the opposite principle, which is pity for those who are not succeeding. In an effort to take away the sting of failure, they have for the past 200 years embarked on a program of convincing us that we are all equal and thus, if we aren’t rich, we are victims of the rich.
In fact, when you think about it, the entire message of the Occupy Wall Street crowd is a social message, not a practical one. They don’t talk about cause and effect. They gather together a big group of unhappy people and validate that unhappiness by scapegoating Wall Street.
You will not see any voices in our mass media or politics mention this because, since 1789, politicians have learned to fear the resentful crowd and its guillotining/lynching tendencies. But don’t be fooled. What you see out there are not the architects of our future. It’s an angry, thoughtless mob.
I accept that there is foul play going on in Washington and on Wall Street and elsewhere but that does not mean we need to call for ‘equality’, we need to call for transparency and accountability.
When you violate the law whether it is civil or moral, you should be held accountable either through the courts or through social pressure. It is freedom; nothing is more beneficial to human evolution and civil society than the idea of ‘sink-or-swim’.