See this is where I struggle with the left position. How do you prove the rich haven't earned their money? There seem to be a couple big objections to big money.
Corporate welfare where businesses are granted subsidies by the government. But any libertarian or anarchist will tell you that there shouldn't be any subsidies of any kind because that interferes with the free market. It also means taxation which is coercive.
Inherited wealth. Well technically they didn't earn it BUT the wealth was in fact earned at some point. And it is one's right to pass on one's wealth to one's children otherwise what's the point of working and gaining a fortune in the first place? You want to create a better world for future generations and increase wealth for your children if not for yourself. No one's consent was violated. Inheriance is essentially a gift.
But what I don't get is the argument about earning your wealth coming from a standpoint of someone arguing for social benefits derived from taxation.
If wealth is justified only if one earns it oneself then how does that work out for the welfare recipient?
If wealth can be granted as a gift or government ocial benefit then why do you have an issue with the rich?
If it's a matter of coercion again doesn't that affect all tax funded programs not just corporate subsidies?
What I don't get is saying it's okay to have a small business subsidy but going crazy over a big corporate subsidy. Or getting an inheritance from grandma after she dies and leaving her recipient $100 and then getting upset about a billionaire passing their wealth onto their kids.
In essence I don't see how one can argue the rich haven't earned their wealth without also attacking the current social safety net paradigm. Now I'm straight up against taxation. I believe social safety nets can and should be funded using voluntary means or made obsolete by promoting self sufficiency. And I do not support government manipulations of the market on a small or large scale. But then I don't have an issue with someone being rich either. I have more of an issue with money in politics than I do with whether one has money or not. I have issues with the use of coercision.