Psudo wrote:collegestudent22, it sounds to me like you're confusing wealth with technology.
I think it is you confusing wealth with some relative quantity. Wealth is a measure of the standard of living, and the standard of living for the poorest Americans today is substantially improved over previous generations on Earth exponentially.
Psudo wrote:You telling our 1771 man that he's poor because he doesn't have internet sounds a bit like him telling the Indians they're savages because they don't have (or want) brick houses and fur-lined coats.
Not really, because there is a fundamental difference between being poor - which the Indians definitely were, even compared to the English - and being "savage". Also, the Indians kind of invented fur coats. Needed them to survive.
I don't buy the progressive narratives that life and society improve every day in every possible way. Today is better in some ways and worse in others. Today is probably better overall (toilet paper! amen), but more for its legal improvements than for financial ones.
You got it like, totally backwards, with that statement. The majority of legal "improvements" are quite a problem, especially those in the 70s and later. But the market has drastically increased the standard of living for everyone.
Look, Bill Gates is worth around $61B. The average salary is around $45K. So let's "fix" the wealth disparity. Let's see. $61B / 300M = $203. Alright, would you rather have "your share" - a one-time payment of $200 - of Bill Gate's massive wealth, or would you rather see what massive improvement in standard of living that can be bought in 10-20 years with even the amount of money you make right now.
Frédéric Bastiat wrote:And now that the legislators and do-gooders have so futilely inflicted so many systems upon society, may they finally end where they should have begun: May they reject all systems, and try liberty; for liberty is an acknowledgment of faith in God and His works.
Count Axel Oxenstierna wrote:Dost thou not know, my son, with how little wisdom the world is governed?