“Inequality is an inevitable product of capitalist activity, and expanding equality of opportunity only increases it — because some individuals and communities are simply better able than others to exploit the opportunities for development and advancement that capitalism affords. Despite what many on the right think, however, this is a problem for everybody, not just those who are doing poorly or those who are ideologically committed to egalitarianism — because if left unaddressed, rising inequality and economic insecurity can erode social order and generate a populist backlash against the capitalist system at large.”-Jerry Z Muller
In class we discussed wealth as being compared to the motion of water in a tree. We said that ultimately the tree wants to maximize its’ water distribution for the sake of itself. I in turn made a comment that in terms of wealth, people tend to look out for themselves and only themselves. However, I would like to correct that statement. While human nature does point towards amassing self-wealth, the above quotes beautifully states that the wealth of all becomes the interest of all including the wealthiest when it affects upholding the social order. However, if the French Revolution has taught us something; it takes a whole lot of inequality to disrupt that social order. In the meantime we trudge on until it becomes absolutely unbearable, and that can take awhile. Perhaps we can do something now? Policies, opportunity, education, responsibility for preserving our resource, a combination of all….