S.F. Jude Terror wrote:
Wrong, and more of your usual pedantic shenanigans.
Income inequality is a causal factor in the ruin of a civilization. Governments know this and sometimes act to prevent the people from becoming too unhappy. Sometimes, they don't and people rise up. Sometimes the society simply declines as a result of it, making it weaker until it dissolves or is conquered. There are a lot of possible results, but the one thing for certain is that a civilization cannot sustain itself forever when it continues to oppress its people through poverty, debt peonage, or wage slavery. Society cannot be productive and strong when its people are crushed, no matter how much money the "job creators" have.
Libertarians of your ilk seem to have adopted a "let them eat cake" position on the matter, and I don't think that tends to work out very well.
Once again, you can keep stating it if it makes you feel better, but your lack of empirical evidence really speaks for itself.
Income inequality is not a causal factor in the fall of civilizations as a rule. A I mentioned before, abject poverty might be a closer approximation.
As a simple example, two income distributions:
Distribution 1: Top quintile $40,000 Bottom quintile $8,000
Distribution 2: Top quintile $250,000 Bottom quintile $14,000
Distribution 2 is far more inequitable and far more stable long term.
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