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How can share and share alike work when applied to income?

Asked by Hypocrisy_Central (26829points) December 30th, 2010

There is that saying share and share alike but how can that really work when income is he issue? If there were some way for the government to redistribute the wealth by way of taxes or some other non-socialist way wouldn’t the US eventually run out of the wealthy to pay that money in the long run? If people thought why break my neck to become rich when I will get a share of the pie off the work of others what incentive would there to be rich? And if people still strived to be rich would tax evasion skyrocket? If the rich thought he earnings they made or created was going to be divvied up with those who did not help create or put any effort in they might do whatever to hide as much of their actual earnings as possible. When it comes to income how can share and share alike truly work?

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Cruiser's avatar

Depends on what you mean by truly work. Only an oppressive Communist style government could control the income stream to where everyone shared and shared alike. It would take a military prison style presence to control and keep all the citizens within their borders. As the minute you attempt to control the entrepreneurial spirit and take away incentive to generate profits for personal gain, those people will beat feet and find a more hospitable county to live in and make their fortunes. Plus never before has there been such a world economic climate where you could put your company almost anywhere in the world and still do your business and make tons of money.

There is a reason America is so powerful and that is because we allow for, encourage and reward companies that innovate and provide good jobs. The system is not perfect and will never make everyone happy, but any of the alternatives are grim at best and the whole reason the Pilgrims came here in the first place.

bkcunningham's avatar

@Cruiser you are confusing the Jamestown settlers and the Plymouth and Massachusetts Bay settlers. The true facts of history are very important when you study the outcome of the collectivist/socialist experiments or communal attitudes experienced just in this country. And there have been quite a few.

You can call it Socialism, Communism, Marxism, or call it what it really is – theft…each is part of an economic system that destroys private property and puts everything in central control of the state. They don’t work.

lloydbird's avatar

@Hypocrisy_Central “Share and share alike” can and is working via workplace co-operatives and workers’ self-management initiatives.

Hypocrisy_Central's avatar

@lloydbird Interesting concept, though they did not mention where the seed money comes from and how those putting it up benefit. And for that to work nationwide everywhere would not everyone ave to be willing to do it? Even if everyone in the co-op puts in equally others want them taxed greatly off their success to boister others who are not in ot or don’t ant to be in it, but still living clost to the grit that would somehow undermind the whole ideal.

nicobanks's avatar

Income redistribution is socialist, no matter how it’s done.

If the U.S. practiced income redistribution the money wouldn’t eventually run out, not unless the GDP went down. And why would it? I don’t believe in the theory that income redistribution would result in laziness. I don’t have any sources, but apparently studies have repeatedly shown that money is only one of many reasons why people work. I know I work for reasons other than money. If I never worked I would become very bored.

I’m sure you are right that the wealthy would fight income redistribution in whatever way they could (tax evasion, etc.). The State would have to work (and pay) to find those people and enforce strict enough penalties that others would think twice before doing the same. Okay, but I don’t think this is a good enough reason against income redistribution, considering the benefits (the end of poverty).

perspicacious's avatar

It can’t and doesn’t. Share and share alike is a term used when all recipients either deserve, of the grantor intends, for everyone to receive the same thing. Income is earned and we don’t all deserve a fair share.

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