The economy was mans worst invention
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So I agree with my opponent that the current economic system is not morally or ethically "good." We could debate that those who work "harder" deserve more rewards, but this would then turn into a debate about the "value" of a profession. I just disagree with the title of this debate, that it is an "invention."
Also destroying this "economy" and replacing it with a Star Trek/Miracle Man economy would just result in a different kind of economy, not no more economy.
In this "no more economy" should I be allowed to pass my possessions to my children? Would they deserve to inherit something without having worked for it? What would happen to the house where they grew up, a business I started, or even my car? Would it be the government's responsibility to take my stuff and then reallocate it to those who "worked" for it?
Also you're not accounting for celebrity or popularity. Which occupation would you rather talk to, the astronaut who went to the moon, or the guy who pumps your gas? Some people are just more interesting and fun to be around. Time is a resource, and people would give celebrities more resources to spend time with them.
Should a doctor be paid the same as a carpenter? Yes, both jobs are important. However one requires a year of training, the other ten. Why would anyone work so hard to be a doctor, when they can get the same benefits by studying for only a year? If people aren't given incentive for hard work, then they won't work hard. If they are given incentives and rewards for hard work, then people work harder.
There is great disparity in pay. I read a study that said a kindergarten teacher's value to the economy works out to be about $350,000 a year. Are kindergarten teachers paid that much? No. Should they be? Yes. Some jobs should have higher salaries, others less. But it is a supply and demand economy. Prices rise and fall based on demand.
If everyone was paid the same, there would still not be equality. You also have to consider what people do with their money. Say we start over, and everyone makes $60,000 a year. Some people like to party, some like to shop, some like to travel, some like to own property, some like to invest, some like to save. Within a few years after starting over, disparity would quickly return.
I do agree with you that there should be jobs for all, and that people should be able to make a livable wage. But we as a race will never be able to truly create an "equal" society. The reason why is because we are all different, complex creatures. We will never get rid of wants or desires.
Again, I agree with you that we all should be able to make a livable wage, a salary that allows us to take care of our needs. You seem to be confusing "needs" with "wants." Our needs are all the same. Our "wants" are not.
I would like everyone to have what they need to have a happy, healthy life. I am not saying everyone should get a gold Rolex or a trip to Monaco two times a year. And you know what, not everyone deserves to have their "wants" fulfilled. Also, it would be impossible, so what then, shut down Rolex because not everyone can get a $10,000 watch? Tell the workers in Monaco, sorry, you can't accommodate 6 billion people a year, so no one gets to go?
Also, just because someone wants a new car doesn't mean I want it. I'm happy with the car I have. What would I do with my old car?
We do need to separate what people want with what they don't have. Our wants are not equal, and we all want different things, and the whole "supply and demand" thing.
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