Most family fortunes were not earned through contributions to society, but don’t you still think it is immoral to seize their wealth?

I f someone builds a hoard by screwing people over, he hasn’t earned anything. It is stolen wealth. His wealth is illegitimate and should be returned to the victims. Most of the super-rich hoards are illegitimate and the right thing to do is to return that money to the people it was taken from. Slave-owner families in the Confederate states still pass down inherited wealth, originally earned by the labor of black slaves. Millions of black families were violently stripped of everything. What is immoral is that those families have not received justice. What is morally wrong is when millionaires pay politicians to write laws that make healthcare unaffordable for disenfranchised families. What is wrong is when family fortunes—made on the backs of slaves—are used to drive up the cost of housing and put innocent people out on the street. It is obvious who the immoral criminals are. There is nothing noble about allowing super-rich families to hoard illegitimate wealth that was pilfered from the enslaved and conquered. Taking it back and giving it to the victims—disenfranchised families—is the only morally acceptable policy.

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CASPER SAUL joined THE MERITOCRACY PARTY in 2012. His activism focuses on economic equality--justice for the "bottom billion" whose cultures were dismantled by colonialism before being exploited by capitalism. Casper believes that guaranteed equal opportunity for every child is the only way to end the poverty caused by the financial oligarchy's concentration of wealth. He supports the MILLIONAIRE INHERITANCE TAX as the ideal policy to realize justice for impoverished communities that have been economically abused by the 1%.

3 Responses to “Most family fortunes were not earned through contributions to society, but don’t you still think it is immoral to seize their wealth?” Subscribe

  1. Fernando July 17, 2015 at 10:40 am #

    meritocracy is flawed…what do we do with the “losers” of this new society? We should strive for something better, and not replace a bad system with another

    • Jonne July 18, 2015 at 7:08 am #

      Meritocracy offers a chance to the “losers” of our present system in which most of us don’t have one. If someone doesn’t want to take the chance offered then nothing can be done because in meritocracy being a “loser” is genuinely a personal choice. It’s not a flaw in the system which provides everyone with the best possible platform for achieving whatever they pursue in life.

  2. Fernando July 20, 2015 at 4:04 am #

    That’s a very “American way” of thinking…what do you do with those without that many innate abilities? What do you do with those with mental handicap? The problem is that you will end up creating the same sort of unequal society as we have today. 

    Intelligence is a trait that is not controlled by people, so why should that decide on what sort of life a person has?  

    This is all theoretical, as apart from the fact that this is an immoral system, its not practical…who decides who has or doesn’t have merits? Its all very subjective.  

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