AFAIK wrote:Are you generalising or do you believe that all wealthy people form a homogenous group?
I've been thinking about this a lot lately, and I've come to believe that libertarians and non-libertarians can never be reconciled, because libertarians look at people in isolation and extrapolate (i.e. make inductive
arguments), while pretty much everyone else uses deductive
arguments. To give an example: a wealthy person, taken in isolation, is not a "bad" person. He may, as you say, give a lot of his wealth to charitable causes, etc. However, an economic system
in which very, very few people can become "wealthy" is bad, because it leaves the great mass of people behind. This isn't a personal attack on the individual wealthy person. It is simply an acknowledgement that human interaction is considerably more complicated than libertarians claim. In other words, society exists,
and any serious political discussion needs to take this into account.
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