Mr. Mack, your essay betrays some serious misunderstandings of the operation of societies. Here are some basic points:

First, people don’t get wealthy primarily by working harder; being born wealthy is the easiest path to wealth in the USA. This has been demonstrated in numerous studies, such as this one, this one, and this one for the UK. There’s also a strong correlation between the wealth of the parents and the later wealth of their children. This is all firmly established stuff.

Second, socialism is not the same as redistribution; they are entirely separate policy stances. It is entirely possible to have a strongly redistributive system in a capitalist system.

Third, high values of the Gini Coefficient are corrosive to social capital. In simpler terms, wealth inequality leads to higher levels of crime, more dishonesty in tax reporting, and a variety of other social ills. Expectation of egalitarian treatment is built right into our genes, as has been demonstrated by many experiments. Here’s a simple example.

The claim that one person works a thousand times harder and smarter than another is preposterous.

Finally, societies with lower values of Gini Coefficients are demonstrably happier, with lower levels of crime and higher social efficiencies, than the USA. Examples are Japan and the Scandinavian countries.

Master of Science, Physics, 1975. Computer Game Designer. Interactive Storytelling. www.erasmatazz.com

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