From: Brian D Williams (email@example.com)
Date: Mon Feb 04 2002 - 08:25:31 MST
>From: "Harvey Newstrom" <mail@HarveyNewstrom.com>
>>Miriam English wrote,
>>You know what is the strangest thing? The people who foam most
>>strongly at the mouth when screeching about the evils of society
>>are those who have benefitted most from it. Those who have been
>>born into the richer classes, who have gained their wealth and
>>knowledge from countless generations before them, demand that
>>they alone be recognised as being the creators of their good
>>fortune and that they are damned if they will share it with
Your statement includes inaccuracies. The majority of well to do
individuals in the U.S. earned it themselves in a single generation
as research on millionares by Thomas Stanley makes clear.
>I believe that this is because they have the mistaken belief that
>life is a zero-sum game. They cannot conceive of the poor getting
>more money without them losing theirs.
I'm guessing that you are refering to the specific group that
Miriam is refering to (greedy rich people) rather than those who
are financially well off.
Government policy in this country treats wealth as a zero sum game.
In this country it is the (social) democrats who argue over who
gets how big a slice of pie, and the republicians who say that what
we really need are more/bigger pies.
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