Montag, 15. August 2016

Was vor 100 Jahren noch verstanden wurde ...

(... ) I feel that we shall ultimately have to consider the adoption of some such scheme as that of a progressive tax on all fortunes, beyond a certain amount either given in life or devised or bequeathed upon death to any individual — a tax so framed as to put it out of the power of the owner of one of these enormous fortunes to hand on more than a certain amount to any one individual (...)

(...) Our aim is to recognize what Lincoln pointed out: The fact that there are some respects in which men are obviously not equal; but also to insist that there should be an equality of self-respect and of mutual respect, an equality of rights before the law, and at least an approximate equality in the conditions under which each man obtains the chance to show the stuff that is in him when compared to his fellows.
Geäußert 1906 und 1907 von Theodore Roosevelt, US-Präsident. Hat tip Paul Krugman. Hervorhebungen durch die Redaktion.

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