Instead, we should talk not about the moral worth of individuals but about the moral worth of particular social arrangements. Is the society we want one in which it is acceptable for some people to have tens of millions or billions of dollars as long as they are hardworking, generous, not materialistic and down to earth? Or should there be some other moral rubric, that would strive for a society in which such high levels of inequality were morally unacceptable, regardless of how nice or moderate its beneficiaries are?
Rachel Sherman is an associate professor of sociology at the New School
Well, actually, we want a society in which the poor are rich. The relatively poor are absolutely rich that is.
That being delivered by capitalist free marketry and no other known system. At which point we’ve our answer, haven’t we?