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Income Inequality

Wealth is not a static quantity; it is continually increased through production and trade. Nor is it a collective product or possession of "society"; it is created by individuals who apply their minds and their efforts to the goal of creating value. Entrepreneurs and producers should be free to make as much money as they can by producing goods and services to exchange with their fellows based on mutual consent. Those who earn great wealth through production and voluntary exchange are entitled to that wealth. They should be proud of their wealth and achievements rather than apologetic. The only form of equality that can be justified is equality before the law. Coercive government programs to redistribute wealth are inherently injust. The following archived content illustrates the principles that are at stake.

The Fourth Revolution

From an ethical standpoint, then, the essence of welfarism is the premise that the need of one individual is a claim on other individuals. in all versions of the doctrine, the claim does not depend on your personal relationship to the claimant, or your choice to help, or your evaluation of him as worthy of your help. It is an unchosen obligation arising from the sheer fact of his need.
By David Kelley / Spring 2009
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Blind Injustice

John Rawls's A Theory of Justice is likely to remain one of the most influential works of political philosophy well into the twenty-first century. So it is incumbent upon advocates of a free society to understand its nature and appeal: to grasp its central premises, conclusions, and underlying motivation, especially Rawls's argument for his most distinctive conclusion, the strongly redistributive "difference principle.
By Eric Mack / July 2001
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Poverty, Capitalism, and Class: a Q & A

In free market societies, individuals are highly unlikely to remain in the same economic position as their grandparents. So poor families don’t tend to stay poor and rich families don’t tend to stay rich: capitalism is the opposite of a class-based system.
By Will Thomas
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Ayn Rand's Anthem: An Appreciation

How do you plan for the welfare of everyone when you cannot decide what is right for any particular person? For the collectivist,  the Plan itself is what's important... If "equality" means equal obedience to a social plan, then Rousseau was right: the plan has to be imposed by force. 
By Stephen Cox
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