I am one of those who believe that when an individual has gained his/her wealth through free and fair enterprise he/she should not be forced by society to contribute to the decrepitude of collective welfare. The very fact that one person has reached the 1% should not mean that they should be forced to give into altruism. Nor should anyone in the 99% give money to those who have not earned it. Anyone that reaches the point where he/she needs charity, is there because of their own doing.
The truth is that helping others needlessly, is an evil. I might get a lot of heat for having such “contrary” opinion but the reality is that, the “reality” of an individual is constructed by his/her own will. The fruit of one’s labour is their own. The 53% movement has got it right, some work 3 jobs to pay off their mortgages and feed their families, while some who cannot find jobs, complain, all the while the only training they have is a degree in something as ludicrous as Poetry.
Although the 99% movement is kind of old history, the concept of the 1% has penetrated the minds of the masses, only to perpetuate their own grandiose delusions of entitlement. In other words the belief that somehow the 1% is indebted to the 99% for their wealth.
You want money? Work. Can’t find work? Move, so you can find it.
The point is that the whole craze a few years ago is still relevant today because of this idea that somehow people who work hard to create wealth are responsible to others, who, mind you, did not work as hard. If you want to get to the 1% do not sleep, do not eat, do not falter until you get there.
America’s very foundations were built on the idea that an individual is his/her own and only means to achieve happiness, and should not be given to other’s who have not earned their right to a share through free trade. Yet social welfare, from Obamacare to the increase in subsidies and state intervention, which are all in rising support are the signs of, frankly, dangerous cultural complacency.
The 99% movement which was so seemingly unorganized and unable to motivate itself to form at least one specific issue to agree on as a platform has done a great deal of damage to the mentality of many Americans by making them believe that somehow they are entitled to receive benefits paid by the work of others.
This “entitlement” interestingly acts to breed even more laziness and belief in the myth that other’s success was somehow the result of their own lack of thereof.
Published in The Art of Polemics, Issue 2, on Sept 9th, 2014.