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So, I do think that at this point in the US, US capitalism is rigged for the rich. Ever since the tax cuts started in the 1980s, the US gov't started supporting globaization, etc., the rich's share of national income and national wealth has grown sharply. I don't think (you might) that capitalism on its own produce a 'natural' or given distribution of income and wealth -- I think those are influenced by tax rates, governmental policies (aiding investment is some fields, for instance, or about unions), etc. And I think that in the past 2 or 3 decades in the US tax rates and gov'tal policy have favored increasing inequality of income and wealth.
Given what we know in 2012, saying that capitalism will make a society richer than socialism should be about as controversial as saying the earth is round, not flat. Yet, a recent Gallup poll shows that more liberals have a positive view of socialism than capitalism. This is only possible because there are so many perverse incentives that drive the promotion of socialism. If you're a politician, socialism puts power in your hands while capitalism takes it away. If you want to use the government to control people's lives, socialism is a wonderful vehicle to do just that while...
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