There isn’t a day that goes by that I don’t hear some person vilifying the rich. It’s their money, their wealth, that they just have too damn much of it.
But what qualifies as too much? Is it the number that would be considered unattainable to the majority? And why do they think this way?
There isn’t some collective standard. We are all individuals, with individual capacities and goals. Not one of us can really answer the question of what is to much. That is decided by the individual, not by our churches, our communities or governments. It is not for us to decide what he or she can/will/wants to produce, gain and earn.
I say get off your soapbox and stop hating those that produce, those that succeed, those that employ their mind and skill to amount to something.
The rich, the wealthy among us, these people aren’t the villains. They are the heroes.
But no, the haters can’t stand for it. The wealthy, they say, gained said wealth by oppressing the weak, cheating, stealing and acting in the most vile, the most evil fashion possible.
They say that you shouldn’t have so much money because there are those that don’t have so much.
This irks me.
Sure, cheating happens. Stealing happens. But it’s not the norm. Nor is it a necessary accoutrement of the wealthy.
Think of the entrepreneurs. It’s not their wealth that should be our concern.
It’s the impact of said wealth.
From the practical perspective, think of the production, products, goods and services. The economic benefits of the business. The wages. The jobs. The inspiration for future business minds and entrepreneurs.
These individuals- these producers- they provide us with the greatest of wealth.
They do so by establishing and building upon businesses that result in things like computers, airplanes, cellphones, automobiles and televisions. They do so by figuring out the most beneficial, most economic means to feed ourselves, to clothe ourselves, to support our families. They do so by inspiring individuals around the world (read Institute for Justice series Power Of One Entrepreneur).
This should take care of the moral aspect of this. But it doesn’t. Read an excerpt from another blog post of mine on why this is the case:
The moral sanction of today claims it’s “unfair” that Microsoft, and other Big businesses and their CEOs are doing much better than their competitors. They claim it’s not right that these rich CEOs and Big business-types are making billions while there are those that are barely getting by. But what does that say, really? To the altruists, the wealthy have a moral duty to spread their wealth around; to the altruists, the rich have a moral duty to give their well-earned money to those that haven’t earned it; to the altruists, the producers have a moral duty to provide for the non-producers. Now, I ask, how is that right- how is that moral? This isn’t a new phenomenon either. Read your history concerning Rockefeller, to start. Decades later, during the 80s, the government forced Bill Gates to give some of his secrets away to the competition. On what level, from what place is that moral? The nature of the market necessitates the existence of both small and large business. It necessitates uneven salaries, and wealth. But the altruists say it’s unfair these businesses have created so much, have produced so much, and have earned so much. The “American dream,” I’d say, is not one of giving your wealth away, nor is it about enabling those who choose, for some reason or another, not to. The American dream (and I’ll say this is, more deeply and philosophically, a human dream, a human right) is wholly individualistic. It’s about our individual right to choose to amount to something; it’s about our individual right to choose, on our own volition, to employ the talents we have to expound upon said talents; it’s about our individual right to pursue our own happiness, with reason as our means of perception. The Sam Waltons, or Bill Gates of the world should be viewed, not as immoral, “greedy, and selfish,” but as heroes, as producers, as the individuals who pursued their own self-interest and, in doing so, created millions of jobs, enhanced economies, raised standards of living.
If you think that is wrong, well, you’re simply crazy.