On 06 Nov 2013, at 17:25, meekerdb wrote:
On 11/6/2013 12:58 AM, Bruno Marchal wrote:
There is nothing wrong being rich, unless the money is stolen
money, and that's the case today.
There's nothing morally wrong with being rich, but it creates an
ethical problem. Being much wealthier than others bestows a lot of
power. If there is no effective government (like parts of Somalia)
then the rich hire a personal army to protect their property. Where
there is government, the police protect their property and the rich
attempt to control the government through propaganda and buying
influence. So long as the rich are not so rich as to live in a
different 'world' than the middle class and they are relatively
diverse this works OK. But the system seems to be unstable in that
the rich can and do use their wealth and power to get more wealth
and power - and not necessarily productively. So those who inherit
wealth tend to gain even more wealth. Society needs to do something
to stabilize the system and prevent the increasing concentration of
I completely agree. The problem is that with money, you can produce
more money in two ways, honestly or dishonestly. Once a few "fake
money" (based on a lie) appears, it corrupts the whole system, and the
society get pyramidal, with a higher gap between poor and rich, and
eventually this crush down.
We must think about a way to prevent that. Some state can play a role.
But we have to get rid of the bandits first, and there is an easy way:
legalize all drugs. Regulate them, and tax them proportionally by the
"real" harm (that is measured by statistics no more confusing a -> b
and b -> a) they do.
May be that is not enough. Prohibitionists should be judged. We have
to get spiritual or mature enough to understand that.
The state must ensure the fairness of competition among products,
their traceability, the presence of notice with the secondary effects,
etc. But the state has nothing to say about what is good or not for
any one. That's between you and you, with the help of your shaman if
you decide so, but it is your decision, to say "yes" or "no" to this
or that shaman.
Stopping prohibition will not solve all problems. But continuing
prohibition aggravates the situation, ... except for the super-riches
and the bandits.
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