For months the liberal or socialist left has been trumpeting the alleged great cause of eliminating the alleged inequality in American economic life. Well, blow me over with a feather! You mean we don’t all make exactly the same amount of income? The fact that some do exceedingly well and others do much better seems to come as a great shock to our Left and they are determined to eradicate it by any means and all means.
Such disparity is as old as recorded history. The Bible in both the Old and New Testaments is filled with references to the rich and poor and the discrepancies between them. Just read Proverbs or Ecclesiastes or Mathew if you want a citation. Likewise ancient Greece is replete with similar concerns and conflicts to resolve the wealth gap. Indeed the ire of the middle class and the lower classes in Greece lead the Tyrants who ruled under law and the laws of Draco (our Draconian usage). You are reminded that the Tyrants, dictators, who came to power in roughly the 6th century did so to protect” and promote the middle classes and what they got was some redistribution and lots of dictatorship. Nothing has changed over the centuries. Stalin provided and quite even playing field but he also established all the rules of the game and lo to anyone who wished to march to a different drummer.
If people are allowed to have freedom to differ one from the other you will always have inequality. It is a truism that some can’t seem to abide because they want to be in charge of all the rules. Further there is nothing inconsistent with a society having great income inequality but at the same time being charitable and caring about their fellow man. The Bible is also filled with commands to aid the poor not only in wealth but in spirit. The French just before the Revolution had forgotten that part of the duality. Our goal should never be to eliminate inequality for that leads to a Dante’s inferno of mediocrity and brutal coercion; our goal should be to provide equality of lanes on the path to a better life restricted only by our own ambition and desires. Some will always choose to live by Walden’s pond and others will want to be a Wall Street Master of the Universe. Our society should allow and encourage both. For the slovenly and lazy I refer you to Proverbs and the lazy man who reaps no crops; he doesn’t need or deserve charity but chastisement.
Lastly, it was written that liberty and inequality are not associates but rather enemies. The former will in direct proportion lead to inequality and the lack of liberty will likewise lead to more equality of mediocrity or outright misery and oppression to maintain the equality balance. This was observed by Will Durant, American philosopher and anthropologist and certainly not any sort of right-winger. Read his twelve volumes sometime for your own edification and to agree or disagree with his comments on the civilization of Man.
“he that oppreseth the poor reproacheth his Maker, but he that horoureth him hath mercy on the poor”. Prvbs 14/31