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I know many people who believe they believe in economic equality and are generous. However, if you point out to them that to achieve true worldwide economic equality they would have to lower their standard of living dramatically, they claim that they were born disadvantaged and earned everything they have through hard work and ingenuity. If you point out to them that their perceived disadvantages at birth were trivial compared to the birth disadvantages of 90% of the rest of the world they start to lose their temper. If you point out that the opportunities they took advantage of to improve their standard of living are predicated upon exploitation of 90% of people in the developing world they no longer wish to continue the conversation.

True equality and generosity are easy to believe in theoretically, but a US presidential candidate running on a platform of world equality and prosperitywouldn't get 1% of the vote.

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