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Wealth

March 29, 2013 , ,

Andrew Carnegie wrote an essay he called  The Gospel of Wealth.  This idea came to him after Carnegie had become the wealthiest man in the world.  As we check the biblical Gospel for Easter, we should check the reality gospel that is practiced in our nations and neighborhoods. The most disgraceful have been hogging the assets of society, and ultimately of the planet. Symbols of power and politics today are all about over consumption. It does not matter which one— fraud, health care scandals, or useless government busy work are the source of the waste. The point is that our wealth is being used to destroy the general good of the entire society. Our assets are spent to promote shameless partisan destruction of our best interests. We are going morally broke. In 1889 Carnegie wrote:

Thus is the problem of Rich and Poor to be solved. The laws of accumulation will be left free ; the laws of distribution free. Individualism will continue, but the millionaire will be but a trustee for the poor; intrusted for a season with a great part of the increased wealth of the community, but administering it for the community far better than it could or would have done for itself. The best minds will thus have reached a stage in the development of the race in which it is clearly seen that there is no mode of disposing of surplus wealth creditable to thoughtful and earnest men into whose hands it flows save by using it year by year for the general good. This day already dawns. But a little while, and although, without incurring the pity of their fellows, men may die sharers in great business enterprises from which their capital cannot be or has not been withdrawn, and is left chiefly at death for public uses, yet the man who dies leaving behind many millions of available wealth, which was his to administer during life, will pass away ” unwept, unhonored, and unsung,” no matter to what uses he leaves the dross which he cannot take with him. Of such as these the public verdict will then be : “The man who dies thus rich dies disgraced.” ~Andrew Carnegie

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Over here we have major benefit cuts coming in on Monday. It’s causing something of a outcry – this country seems to have lost the ability to share

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The US federal government got half of the tax revenue from corporations 30 years ago..today less than 10%. That is the foundation of the story. The Swiss still make the banks pay dearly to suppport the whole country’s best interest…the joys and benefits of being neutral…

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mermaidcamp

March 30, 2013

nicely said.. I like the way you have brought up MANY issues and tied them together!

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Stevie Wilson

March 30, 2013

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