45. Government Redistribution of Wealth

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Is government redistribution of wealth stealing?

Show Links:

“A Fork to Feed, a Scalpel to Heal, or a Sword to Protect?” by Wes Bareford

Martin Luther’s Large Catechism – “The Seventh Commandment”

“A Voter’s Guide to the Ten Commandments” by Bryan Wolfmueller

Virtue in the Wasteland – a podcast co-hosted by Wes’ professor for Theology 565, Jeff Mallinson.

“How Do I Know I am a Christian?” – Reconnect Episode 19 with Wes and George

7 thoughts on “45. Government Redistribution of Wealth

  1. Redistribution, if done as in giving tax breaks to the poor and aspirational rather than people already billionaires would be the type of redistribution few people, except the super wealthy, would argue against. The fear that people will end up in poverty, so a massive desire to be wealthier than king Midas, is ironically enough one of the thing that is going to push the world to destruction. The Lord will provide all our needs, both spiritual and material. The of money is truly one of the major roots of all evil. There is no necessity for anyone to be a billionaire. It is that that is causing most of the problems in the world now.

      • I guess it’s ultimately a political perspective. And a historical one. Yes, Mao was a horror like all dictators are, whatever political persuasion they have. But ultra left communism is no different than ultra right capitalism. The very wealthiest get tax breaks, that falls on the working poor to pay, so you have an economic situation in most wealthy Western economies were cleaners and those doing menial jobs are paying proportionately more in tax than billionaires are. An obscenity? Not if you’re a billionaire, but it is if you are a low paid worker. Want to find out. Just ask any and every low paid worker you come across and see what they say.

        I think what the original colonists of America, Australia, South Africa, basically wherever Europeans went was also stealing, but that seems to be rather airbrushed out of history, doesn’t it? It is, as ever, merely perspective.

        As for the Christian angle, well Jesus went to the ordinary people, not the powerful or religious elites. If Jesus had been in a palace, that message would have been presented differently. Jesus is about hope. Politics, all forms left right or centre, are about powerful people maintaining that power.

  2. Redistribution, if done as in giving tax breaks to the poor and aspirational rather than people already billionaires would be the type of redistribution few people, except the super wealthy, would argue against. The fear that people will end up in poverty, so a massive desire to be wealthier than king Midas, is ironically enough one of the things that is going to push the world to destruction. The Lord will provide all our needs, both spiritual and material. The love of money is truly one of the major roots of all evil. There is no necessity for anyone to be a billionaire. It is that that is causing most of the problems in the world now.

  3. Even in America, people are basically seeing through the lie that governments and democracy work for all people. They work for the people who are wealthy, connected, powerful and those mostly white or of European origin. Left or Right doesn’t mean too much anymore from where I am standing.

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