Puny humans disappoint me intellectually as I do them socially. They despair, I despair.
Mickey says we’ll be hearing a lot about “income inequality” in the months to come. No doubt he’s right. Because people are morons.
Income inequality is very important. It’s vital that the disparity between the richest and the poorest keep widening. If it’s not, you’ve got serious economic problems.
This is not socially acceptable. And Linda will shovel me some crap if she sees this post. But then, she’s compassionate. I’m merely rational.
Fortunately I know how to deal with the compassionate. As long as they’re Christians, anyway. Scripturize ’em! So when Jesus says…
“The poor will be with you always.”
…I believe Him. How ’bout you, Linda sweetie? You got a social program smarter than the Son of God Almighty?
There’s no way to bring everyone out of poverty without enslaving many. Because those folks will piss away resources instantaneously upon receiving them. Sex, drugs, lottery tickets, whatever.
That’s why I’m eager to sound like a heartless bastard. The baseline for wealth is zero. Always has been, always will be. Yes, yes, in accounting one can have less than zero, but come on. Try and collect negative dollars if the debtor doesn’t cooperate. So, zero. That’s what the poor have. That’s what they had. And it’s their net worth in all socialist utopias. Zero, zilch, nada.
So at least in the U.S., more income inequality is better. It means well-off Americans are becoming well-offier. Which means more giving, more charity, more good works.
More moments in which the zero poor are given two things. Resources, which are immediately pissed away. But also, opportunities…which on rare occasion aren’t. The opportunity for realization and redemption.
And the more income inequality, the more of those moments we have. That’s why I’m pleased when the rich get richer. The poor can’t get any poorer!
And more is better than less.