The Distribution of Wealth

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Everyone has his or her own ideas of how wealth should be distributed properly. Some people believe wealth should be left to family, left for public services, or become the property of others. Others believe that people should not have excess wealth, resulting in non-existent class distinctions. An alternative view is that wealth is not distributed; instead, the wealthy continue to grow wealthier while those in poverty can not escape it and fall further into a life of poverty. The beliefs discussed above come from three different writers. Those writers include Andrew Carnegie, Karl Marx, and Robert B. Reich. These writers all have different opinions on how wealth should be distributed properly. Andrew Carnegie does not believe wealth is …show more content…
This solution would help eliminate poverty and create equality among everyone in society. Marx lists ten different things that must be done in order to accomplish the elimination of class distinctions. One of the demands states, “Abolition of all right of inheritance” (Marx 474). This demand in particular completely disagrees with Andrew Carnegie’s belief that wealth can be left to the family after death. Another way to eliminate the wealthy class, according to Marx, is to force the wealthy to give their land to the state. Communism also demands that all children in public schools receive free education (Marx 474). By allowing all children to receive the same education, the children raised in poverty have been given a chance at working their way out. By giving these children that opportunity, a step has been taken forward in eliminating the class of poverty because it finally gives them a chance in getting out of poverty and having the same lives as others with more wealth than them. These are just three of the ten ways that Marx believes are the keys to eliminating class distinctions and providing everyone with the same amount of wealth. The final belief about the distribution of wealth is that it is not distributed at all. Robert B. Reich does not believe wealth is distributed. He believes that the wealthy have been earning more money while those in poverty have continued to make less, lose jobs, and grow poorer (Reich