Elizabeth Warren, the 1%, and the Social Contract


Elizabeth WarrenI found this gem on Reddit Politics today: “When idiots try to argue that you just want to take rich peoples’ money that you didn’t earn you tell them…”

It was not my question, (or the wording I would have used), but I have been looking for this kind of concise and powerful rebuttal. There was a lot of good, bad, ugly, and funny comments, but this was the best, curtesy of talentedjw88 :

Elizabeth Warren explained this in simple, straightforward terms:
“You built a factory out there? Good for you. But I want to be clear: you moved your goods to market on the roads the rest of us paid for; you hired workers the rest of us paid to educate; you were safe in your factory because of police forces and fire forces that the rest of us paid for. You didn’t have to worry that marauding bands would come and seize everything at your factory, and hire someone to protect against this, because of the work the rest of us did.”
“Now look, you built a factory and it turned into something terrific, or a great idea? God bless. Keep a big hunk of it. But part of the underlying social contract is you take a hunk of that and pay forward for the next kid who comes along.””

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