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From: "Rafal Smigrodzki" <>
Subject: redistribution
Date: Sat, 7 Jun 2003 23:30:37 -0400

> From: "Matthew S. Malek" <>

> Personally, I find it to be morally reprehensible that some possess
> billions in assets while forty thousand people die every day of hunger and
> curable diseases.
> Redistributing wealth in such a world as ours is hardly immoral to me.

### I have a feeling that politics is hardly the right subject to be
discussed on this list (it's perhaps more appropriate at wta-politics), but
I can't help wanting to intrude on the thread.

A question: how much of your own wealth have you recently redistributed to
the thousands who would otherwise die of hunger?

If your answer were anything but "All that I have, save what I need to stave
off hunger for myself", I would be inclined to conclude that you don't
care about those poor people. If you did, you would have given them your
money. If you are not doing it, and instead demanding from others to give
their money, then the dispassionate observer would
furthermore conclude that you are using the wretched poverty of many humans
as a rhetorical trick, to hide other motives you might have for laying a
claim to the
billionaire's yacht. Envy, covered by pious hypocrisy.

But, maybe you *are* giving all you have to others. If so, my hat's off to


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