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Poor Fellow - my Country

Posted on September 11, 2003 at 10:30 AM in Australia | Permalink

This would be funny if it weren't so true: Australia's current version of the old parable of the ant & the grasshopper.

It reminds me, as things often do, of an essay by Bill Whittle:

Where you stand on the political spectrum, what you think of rich and poor people, and what you think about rich and poor nations and how they should act in the world, comes down, in my mind, to one single issue, and one only: Can wealth be created, or can it only be redistributed?

If you believe, as I do, that wealth can be manufactured out of thin air, then there is no limit to the amount of wealth you can amass. And since you are creating it out of thin air, there is no moral onus on making money – you work hard to create it and have stolen from no one. There is an expression for this: you earned it.

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Now people on the left have, in their guts, a revulsion towards the rich and the wealthy, because when ever they see wealth they naturally assume that it was stolen from people without any – the poor. That rich man in the private jet has taken the wealth from all the poor people and is therefore a criminal.

If you haven't read it already, read the rest, it's great.

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