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The idea was protect us and stay out of our faces. We will compete, strive and win or lose as fate decrees. Not some gov't telling us how or what or when.
originally posted by: Krazysh0t
a reply to: icyboy771z
Income equality is an illusion, but it IS possible for everyone's basic human needs (not wants) to be fulfilled. Things like shelter, food, clothing, etc. I don't support income equality because it is stupid, but I would like to see that everyone has at the very least all the basic necessities to survive day to day.
originally posted by: TrueBrit
a reply to: icyboy771z
You bring up some interesting points, but do you not believe that there are some serious things wrong with the way in which this fact expresses itself in western, capitalist nations?
For example, if poor folk are necessary to the prosperity of the intensely wealthy, why is it that the poor, particularly the working poor, are so badly treated by their governments? Why do people of little means have to struggle for the pittance they may gain from their efforts, if their role in the economy is to underpin the fabric of the economic model? Why is it that they are prevented from feeling pride, by constant assaults on their livelihoods, on their ability to home, clothe, and feed their families?
Surely if the role of the poor is to occupy a position so important, their lot, for all that they have little money, ought to be better than it is? I am a man of little means, and I work harder to maintain those small means, than many people who earn thousands of pounds while doing something as simple as putting on their socks, and rarely put in more effort than that, to the things that earn them money. Earning by owning, for example, seems to provide returns which have nothing to do with how much real labour has been put into those returns.
This surely, is not acceptable in a nation where many have to work more than one job, spend eighty percent of their time working, to gain a mere pittance?
originally posted by: ketsuko
a reply to: TrueBrit
All right. I don't make $15/hour as a part-time proofreader/editor. Why does a full-time burger flipper deserve to make $15/hour? I could spend 20 minutes training and learn to flip burgers. I spent lots of time trying to train our customer service girl how to proofread adequately so she could back me up and it was hopeless. What luck would many of those burger flippers have?
So why do their skills deserve more than mine?