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The world doesn't operate on social justice, it mostly operates on greed. Systems founded fundamentally on capitalism are fine but there is a serious problem when less than 10% of the world population owns over 80% of the earth's resources. The idea that all that matters is I have mine is not a recipe for global wellness.

We shouldn't be partitioning wealth equally but rather focus on setting realistic limits for personal wealth such that a Jeff Bezos cannot reach such excesses through not paying taxes. Better to collect funds through proper levels of taxation then use them for schools, infrastructure, health and other societal needs that help elevate the poor.

One of the models that is most broken is the United States where personal amassing of fortune is akin to a religion and the myth of the American dream was sold as a way to keep people who had no chance of partaking in it sufficiently quiet. The chances of making it as a visible minority was not impossible but grossly improbable as witnessed by who owns the lion share and what their skin colour is. The same could be said of women who are not even close to being proportionately represented.

Money equals power and this extreme amassing of wealth by fewer and fewer hands at the corporate level helps generate monopolies. Amazon, Facebook and Google are good examples of this.

We know life isn't fair but no reason to make things any worse.


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  1. True. And illustrating your point by citing the U.S. is valid. My country has changed over the course of my lifetime from one that offered opportunity to one that makes life harder for all who aren't already rich. Our middle-class has been squeezed out of existence and only private charity helps those struggling. I'm actually embarrassed by today's American society.

    On a brighter note, some individuals and some media still strive to promote social justice. I just had a letter published in a national magazine (Outside) applauding their support of a transgender rock-climber. Worth a look -- http://shybiker.blogspot.com/2019/06/my-letter.html

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    1. I'm glad there are bright spots here and there Ally but there is still much work to be done globally to become a more a more equitable world.

      Oh and you can thank the Republican party and their abhorrent doctrine for messing up the US. That and a milquetoast and a comfortable centrist Democratic party.

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