While it is true that, by most of our standards, the wealthiest people on Earth do not deserve their wealth, could it not also be said that the smartest people do not deserve their great intellect, with which they were born? Is it not also possible to claim that the most beautiful women do not deserve their beauty? That those born into loving, and intact, families, do not deserve such good fortune?
Jewamongyou’s point seems to be that life is unfair in many ways, and therefore there’s nothing to be done about any unfairness.
Jewamongyou should at least be commended for owning up to the fact that the wealthy don’t deserve their wealth. Many on the political right make the argument that the U.S. is a “free market,” and a free market perfectly distributes wealth according to how much value each person creates, and therefore the wealthiest people are those who created the most value, so they deserve their wealth as a reward for creating so much value. This argument is completely wrong, but so many on the right buy into it either explicitly or implicitly.
If wealthy people don’t deserve their wealth, then I don’t see anything morally wrong with redistributing at least some of it. The reason why we don’t redistribute intelligence or beauty is because it’s impossible to do so. Not true of wealth which is very easy to redistribute with a well-designed progressive tax system. The previous sentence perhaps understates the political difficulty of creating a well-designed tax system; nevertheless, it’s doable, and it’s not as difficult as sending a man to the moon with 1960s technology.
I further would argue that not only is wealth distribution doable, a system that came closer to distributing wealth according to the value people created rather than how psychopathic they are would result in a huge improvement in everyone’s standard of living, because a system that rewarded value creation would result in more value being created.
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It should also be noted that our social customs try to minimize the impact of unequal distribution of intelligence and beauty as much as possible. For example, telling someone he or she is ugly is acknowledged as one of the most evil things a person can do, and social mores dictate that we pretend there are no ugly people. And of course, with respect to intelligence, so much of our modern social structures are built around HBD-denialism.