02 June 2010

The fallacy of virtuous wealth

I came across this snippet in a South African newspaper's "letters to the editor" section while I was there earlier this year:

On the rich subsidising the poor: Our country is not blessed with many rich people, just a few, and they are so squeezed already. Instead of knocking those who do well, take a student loan and two jobs and study and work hard, just like the rich did. (Kim, Cape Town)
Just like the rich did? Oh dear, Kim, where do we begin?