Before I go further let me say that private property and a variation in wealth between one man and the next are both natural. Schemes to eradicate private property and wealth differences are invariably tyrannical. Differences are natural and part of life, the problem is that so often these differences are becoming far, far to great.
As long as money and private property exist there will be some with less and some with more. It’s just the way things happen. …and as long as there is any degree of economic freedom for human beings there will be private property and some form of currency or exchange.
These are good things not bad things, despite what some people have claimed but what is a very big problem is when every year the rich are getting richer through iniquitous systems and various forms of economic injustice, whilst the poor are getting poorer. Every year the majority is suffering more at the hands of the minority and this is unacceptable.
In many countries we are seeing the Middle Classes being forced into penury, whilst various unworthies are sitting on greater and greater piles of money, not because they actually ever contributed anything worthwhile simply because there are now a 101 near fail safe ways forms of usury for those with capital to extract the lifeblood of those who provide labour.
Thanks to Neoliberalism things are becoming more and more like they were in the heyday of the monstrous economic Liberalism of the 19th century. A time when Benjamin Disraeli wrote of…
“Two nations between whom there is no intercourse and no sympathy; who are as ignorant of each other’s habits, thoughts, and feelings, as if they were dwellers in different zones, or inhabitants of different planets. The rich and the poor.“
The following quotes and links are related to this subject…
“The poor have sometimes objected to being governed badly. The rich have always objected to being governed at all.”GK Chesterton
“An imbalance between rich and poor is the oldest and most fatal ailment of all republics.”Plutarch
“My Scottish Labour Party is a crusade – to fight poverty, inequality and injustice.” Johann Lamont
“The form of law which I propose would be as follows: In a state which is desirous of being saved from the greatest of all plagues—not faction, but rather distraction—there should exist among the citizens neither extreme poverty nor, again, excessive wealth, for both are productive of great evil . . . Now the legislator should determine what is to be the limit of poverty or of wealth.”Plato
“A State divided into a small number of rich and a large number of poor will always develop a government manipulated by the rich to protect the amenities represented by their property.Harold Laski
“A man willing to work, and unable to find work, is perhaps the saddest sight that fortune’s inequality exhibits under this sun.” Thomas Carlyle
“The causes which destroyed the ancient republics were numerous; but in Rome, one principal cause was the vast inequality of fortunes.”Noah Webster (d.1843)
“So distribution should undo excess, and each man have enough.”King Lear in the Shakespeare play
“We can either have democracy in this country or we can have great wealth concentrated in the hands of a few, but we can’t have both.”Louis Brandeis, US Supreme Court Justice
“The disposition to admire, and almost to worship, the rich and the powerful, and to despise, or, at least, to neglect persons of poor and mean condition is the great and most universal cause of the corruption of our moral sentiments.”Adam Smith
“No person, I think, ever saw a herd of buffalo, of which a few were fat and the great majority lean. No person ever saw a flock of birds, of which two or three were swimming in grease, and the others all skin and bone.”Henry George
“The greatest country, the richest country, is not that which has the most capitalists, monopolists, immense grabbings, vast fortunes, with its sad, sad soil of extreme, degrading, damning poverty, but the land in which there are the most homesteads, freeholds where wealth does not show such contrasts high and low, where all men have enough, a modest living, and no man is made possessor beyond the sane and beautiful necessities.”Walt Whitman
“Any city, however small, is in fact divided into two, one the city of the poor, the other of the rich; these are at war with one another.”Plato
“The man of great wealth owes a peculiar obligation to the state because he derives special advantages from the mere existence of government.”President T Roosevelt
“We need to start talking about inequality again; we need to start talking about the inequities and unfairnesses and the injustices of an excessively divided society, divided by wealth, by opportunity, by outcome, by assets and so forth.”Tony Judt
“The perennial conviction that those who work hard and play by the rules will be rewarded with a more comfortable present and a stronger future for their children faces assault from just about every direction.”Jon Meacham
“Half the U.S. population owns barely 2 percent of its wealth, putting the United States near Rwanda and Uganda and below such nations as pre-Arab Spring Tunisia and Egypt when measured by degrees of income inequality.” Eric Alterman
“This desire to split the world into good (poor) people and evil (rich) people – to me is a false dialectic…that I think we should reject. There are wretched demonic people amongst the poor and there are decent and angelic people amongst the wealthy…(Muhammad) transformed the motives of the wealthy (who followed him)…he didn’t create a class warfare, he didn’t make poor people hate the wealthy people or the wealthy people feel contempt for the poor people…the Prophet’s standard (for judging a person) was a standard of choice and he said..”the best of you are the best to their women folk”Hamza Yusuf