Wealth *is* being redistributed in this country. It’s going to the people at the top. ”Oh, sure”, you say, “that’s just statistics and you can make statistics lie and stuff.” Now, you’re beginning to sound like Stephen Colbert.
The point of this video is not to attack wealth. The point is that it is concentrated in the hands of too few people to the detriment of everyone else. A corporate CEO does not work 380X harder than his accountant and even garbagemen deserve a living wage. For too many people, a living wage is not a reality.
The video makes a very persuasive argument. It is not, however, a logical argument. It is an emotional argument. (Most arguments based on “fairness” usually are.) It is predicated on the idea that we are all entitled to an equal share of the economic pie and the Marxist belief that all wealth comes from stealing.
“The belief that all wealth comes from stealing is popular in prisons and at Harvard.” – George Gilder
Wealth does not cause poverty. Poverty is a preexisting condition.
“Throughout history, poverty is the normal condition of man.” – Robert A. Heinlein
Riverdaughter reveals her belief that wealth comes from stealing when she says “Wealth *is* being redistributed in this country”. This implies that wealth is being taken from some people and given to others. She follows it up by saying that it’s going to the people at the top, which implies that the wealth is being taken from the rest of us. (I’m assuming that if you are reading this you are not one of the feelthy ricos.)
Riverdaughter doesn’t offer a solution but it is safe to assume that she wants the government to go all Robbing Hood on the rich and give to the poor. There are various ways to accomplish that, including taxes and forcing employers to provide higher salaries and benefits.
What is missing from her argument is any logical or legal basis for the government to redistribute wealth.
Rather than pontificate further I will throw it to you. Under what circumstances may the government redistribute wealth? Not how, but why? I’m not talking about taking money for the common good, like infrastructure or military defense, I am talking about taking money from one group and giving it to another.
Be prepared to defend your answers.