capefeather wrote:sam_i_am wrote:Unless you want a full blown communist system
Why is it that whenever anyone brings up any kind of wealth redistribution, it's automatically communist? Are we really doing this? Really? The whole point of my silly example was that the person with the serum loses nothing by giving it away. There's literally no reason not to do it, other than some worry that I will somehow not strive for productive goals just because someone gave me the means to become the Hulk or whatever I happened to want.
Distribution of work for a team project works in much the same way. People are assigned jobs that they are good at to cover the deficiencies of others, who, consequently, are assigned jobs that THEY are good at. You don't get an effective project by judging people for their deficiencies and firing people who may have simply been mistakenly assigned. That is what I'm going for in the end: a society that embraces understanding and solutions that benefit more people, not the kind of ham-fisted judgmental systems that people try to pass off as "meritocracy".
This does not translate to "I want to force everyone to have the same wealth". I value the benefits of competition, and measures commonly supported by libertarianism are often good for society. Hell, I'm not even adverse to the idea, in itself, of drastically modifying how the government handles social programs. However, sometimes people just can't "play the game" for whatever reason, and sometimes people are in a position to fix what they can. Each person just does what he/she can to improve society bit by bit. There is no endgame, just constant improvement as people realize what society needs is neither naive freedom nor over-cynical regulation, but just something a bit better than what was before.
And btw, by "what they can" I include willpower as a (set of) finite resource(s) that people do or do not have enough of even if they do have the other resources. I think most people can afford to donate to charities but they just don't have the appropriate willpower. Such is the fickleness of human will.
My full sentence was
Unless you want a full blown communist system, It must always be harder to be poor than to be rich. If it's not, then Nobody really has too much of a motivation to succeed. Yes, there is a lot of luck involved, but in a world without chance, you can hardly have any freedom.
Your post is fairly hard to argue with without making doing a meta-discussion. On one hand, You act offended at the notion that it is somehow communist to redistribute wealth, and then you turn around and say that you're not quite for full redistribution of wealth anyway.