Volume 2, Part 4

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Communism would destroy us from within. The Communist policy of "redistribution of wealth" differs significantly from the Catholic moral principal of "just distribution of resources," in both the idea and methods of implementation.

"Most often it refers to progressive redistribution, from the rich to the poor ... The desirability and effects ... are actively debated on ethical and economic grounds ...

"The objectives of income redistribution are varied and almost always include the funding of public services. Supporters ... argue that less stratified economies are more socially just. One basis for redistribution is the concept of distributive justice and wealth. One premise of redistribution is that money should be distributed to benefit the poorer members of society, and that the rich have an obligation to assist the poor ... This argument rests on the [state's] social welfare function, or the concept that society's utility is made up in some way through the utilities of its individuals ...

"Conservative, libertarian, and neoliberal arguments against property redistribution consider the term a euphemism for theft, and argue that redistribution of legitimately obtained property cannot ever be just. Public choice theory states that redistribution tends to benefit those with political clout to set spending priorities more than those in need, who lack real influence on government.
In America "... some of the founding fathers and several subsequent leaders expressed opposition to redistribution of wealth. Samuel Adams stated: 'The utopian schemes of leveling [redistribution of wealth], and a community of goods, are as visionary and impracticable as those that vest all property in the Crown. [These ideas] are arbitrary, despotic, and, in our government, unconstitutional.' James Madison, author of the Constitution, wrote, 'I cannot undertake to lay my finger on that article of the Constitution which granted a right to Congress of expending, on objects of benevolence, the money of their constituents.' (Wikipedia)."

Deacon Joseph B. Gorini, Mechanicsburg PA <///><  [First Published September 18, 2011]

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