Friday, September 23, 2022


The term "redistribution of wealth," as applied to taxation, is a fallacy.

Wealth is initially produced, not distributed.

Production and distribution are two different things.

The term "redistribution" is inaccurate. One can't "redistribute" something that wasn't "distributed" in the first place, just like one cannot "buy back" a firearm when it wasn't owned in the beginning (ie. the gun buyback program fallacy). Words are often used to deceive and manipulate people.

Real life is not like Monopoly where the banker "distributes" $200 each time people pass Go.

When a farmer plants a crop, tends that crop and then harvests that crop, the crop was not "distributed" to him. The farmer "produced" the crop.

The farmer may then trade his "production" with the "production" of others. The "production" itself represents an increase in net wealth for a society. The society is better off because there is "more" available for others to trade with. A markets supply/demand in conjunction with prices then results in the incentives which direct production to where it is most desired.

"Redistributing wealth" is a fallacy because the wealth wasn't "distributed" in the first place, rather it was created/produced.

Psychologically the concept of "redistributing wealth" plays upon the mind the notion that in the beginning there is a wealth pie that is then distributed throughout society, some people unfairly gain more whilst others unfairly gain less. Within the framework of this notion, the "redistribution" of wealth is the means to deal with the unfairness.

Yes, it's true, the world is not fair. Some people are able to naturally produce more than others (ie. physical ability, mental ability, parenting, location/geography, social stability), yet when an individual "produces" something (ie. a farmer) they are not taking it from some pre-existing pie, they are not taking it from someone else.

The root of "redistribution" is covetousness.

Thou shall not covet.
Exo_20:17  Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour's house, thou shalt not covet thy neighbour's wife, nor his manservant, nor his maidservant, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor any thing that is thy neighbour's.

Thou shall not steal.
Exo 20:15  Thou shalt not steal.

Covetousness is covetousness and theft is theft. Whether an individual steals from another directly or elects people with fancy titles with the police power to do it on their behalf, it's still theft.

The solution to inequity in society? Love! Love is the antithesis to covetousness and theft. Love is not envious, nor is it puffed up, rather love is kind and seeks not its own (1Cor 13:4-5).

This is why John the Apostle wrote...

1Jn 2:15  Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.
1Jn 2:16  For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.
1Jn 2:17  And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.

Covetousness, theft, jealousy and ego are all rooted in what John calls the "lust of the flesh, lust of the eyes, and the pride of life." That's the antithesis of love and anyone operating on that foundation is far from the love of God.

Now within this context consider the words of Jesus of Nazareth...

Mat 6:25  Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment?
Mat 6:26  Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they?
Mat 6:27  Which of you by taking thought can add one cubit unto his stature?
Mat 6:28  And why take ye thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin:
Mat 6:29  And yet I say unto you, That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.
Mat 6:30  Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which to day is, and to morrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith?
Mat 6:31  Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed?
Mat 6:32  (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things.
Mat 6:33  But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.
Mat 6:34  Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.


That "righteousness" being genuine godly love.  It's a bottom up approach, the reformation of the human heart, rather than a top down imposition by force.

That's the real solution, not the fallacy of redistribution.

1 comment:

  1. Excellent explanation. Thanks for producing that wisdom!