Frank Apisa wrote:
Don't we all rely on others in order for wealth to be accumulated?
Only the ones who actually accumulate wealth rely on others in order to accumulate it. I suspect, however, that almost everyone who has ever accumulated wealth, has relied on others for significant help in the accumulation.
To what degree do those who accumulate wealth owe their success to the average person? How much should they be required to give back? Take for instance mineral rights, some corporation gets a permit and gouges the earth, they introduce gas in people's water supply due to fracking and poison rivers, they remove entire mountains for dirty coal, they cause environmental disasters they do not intend, neither are able to adequately to fix. They for the majority of the profit reap from the accumulation of wealth... In this the average person pays for the wealth of others... either in healthcare costs or in taxes to fix what has been ravaged by unscrupulous entrepreneurs.
Then there are "connections"... For instance, globalization would not be possible had Henry Ford not invented the automobile, Henry Ford could not have invented the automobile had the Greeks not invented the turbine.... Should technology be exploited to benefit only the few? Are these inventions not in essence the property of the people in general and should these connected inventions be used to disenfranchise the majority of the population?