If one could credit the “Occupy” protests with coherent thought it seems to be that they are against greed. In all fairness, they didn’t really seem to have much of a point early on but they seem to have gotten together on the notion that they collectively hate greed and like to demonstrate their mastery of percentages. When someone is coming out against greed, and talking about getting a “fair share” and so on they will almost always sneak in some socialist/communist ideology. They can’t accept the notion that some people are worth more than others, or that you need to work to actually earn something (which is why so many of them have the free time to sit and complain about their plight).
These imbeciles stand in stark contrast to the Tea Party protesters, who said their piece then went back to a productive existence. These people have all day, week, and month. I have yet to see a single truly productive individual in their midst. They seem to think wealth is generated at birth and someone should hurry up and reward them because they’ve worked really hard at sitting on their asses.
It’s not hard to get a job. It’s easy as hell. It might be hard to get a job that pays you well to do nothing (unless you luck into a government job), or to get a job that pays for your weed habit with enough left over for a new electric car, organic foods, and what other luxuries your small mind (or the government, for example cell phones) might consider necessities, but you can get a job that meets your basic needs with little effort. We have a lot of illegal immigrants coming here to do jobs many Americans refuse, and they have enough left over to send a lot of what they earn back. So, if those protesters really want a job come to Alabama, I hear they are hiring car wash people and produce pickers.
The irony here is most of these protesters are in fact themselves motivated by greed. It is the worst kind though, many of them want what others have earned. They wish to be given what they have not earned. They wish to break the one fundamental check for greed: individual rights. So, while these protesters decry greed and mindlessly repeat what the person with a megaphone says, they practice greed. While they speak of corruption and criminal behavior, they at the same time seek to undermine the basic protection against such actions we are entitled to. In a society with true rights of the individual (I’ve read a bit Ayn Rand and I suppose you could say I’m speaking of egoism) there is no room for fraud, theft, and corruption because such violations would be the highest crime.
Individualism stand as the only protection needed, if you have individual protections, and individual responsibilities, greed becomes free to function as on of our greatest qualities. Who would you place more faith in, on a cure for cancer? Those protesters, or the corporations that they are protesting against? What has given the human race more, altruism or greed? How many great inventions might we have done without if not for the greed of their creators? So much of what we have is owed to the greed of others, who gave us wonderful things and in return we made them fabulously wealthy.
The protesters do not understand what generates wealth, which is the product. How is it that America, without the largest population has the largest economy? Some morons might claim it was some evil underhanded tactics, but America for years and years just out-produced other countries. Microsoft, IBM, Ford, Boeing, etc… Consider how different everything might be had they simply not existed. The cheap laptops we give to children in Africa, or cheap medicines, we owe their existence to big greedy corporations, directly or indirectly. I wonder if this even crosses the minds of these people as they document their activities on their cell phone, and go to use the bathroom in McDonald’s, their quality of life is significantly higher because of these evil, greedy corporations. It certainly seems beyond their mental grasp that if they want wealth of their own they need to make themselves as productive as the wealthy they envy.
The sheer stupidity that they exhibit is to formulate the opinion that wealth is always there and the act of greed deprives others of their “fair share” of the wealth. This has been thoroughly debunked by great minds like Ludwig von Mises and common sense alike. If wealth was born with a person, or with a “worker” then this would dictate the wealth of a nation. Clearly this is not the case as population does not define wealth. Bill Gates is not depriving these people of their wealth, he is in fact doing them all a great service but they are too foolish to realize this.
Let’s consider how this works. Bill Gates is filthy rich for his role in Microsoft. How did Microsoft become so important? They provided desirable services to others. These services were paid for and in turn, the customers gained from these services. Here’s where the wealth is generated, where the product comes into play. These services that Microsoft provided helped these customers do what they want to do better than they could have without Microsoft. They in turn became more productive, and continued to purchase from Microsoft, Bill Gates became more wealthy, so on so forth. Microsoft made people more productive, and in turn everyone became more wealthy. If you subtract someone like Bill Gates, you do not have more wealth to distribute, you have less!
Greed helps all of us, it motivates us but it also forces innovations. A greedy person might pay lavishly for a car that while ridiculously expensive, will use technology that might make it’s way into budget cars that most of us drive. Or, the ultra-expensive medical treatment they pay for might ultimately become refined and efficient enough for most of us to afford. They push innovation and they push productivity because they want the best and are greedy enough to feel entitled to it.
Finally, greed is not limited to the individual. Greed can be wanting your children to have the best, or for your country to have the best. The best might be decadent, expensive, it might not seem fitting because most of us poor folk could never afford it… However, there was a time that most of our household items were absurdly expensive, affordable to only the greediest people who would want something that the common man can’t afford. Greed makes all our lives better, altruism does far less to better our lives. Bill Gates will give away a great deal of his wealth, but his most valuable contributions have already been made. What we need is more greedy people that are willing to work hard enough to become obscenely wealthy themselves.
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