The following meme is being widely circulated by supporters of Bernie Sanders. Yet, none has be able, or willing, to explain, much less discuss, the ramifications of that for which they clamor. They answer only with some simplistic demands about “fair share.”
I hear this often from proponents of “democratic socialism,” but am puzzled by the meaning. Since it is often used in conjunction with a person’s economic status, I presume it is mainly about wealth, or lack thereof. So my question: What is a fair share, and how is that determined?
More pointedly: At what level does accumulating wealth become greed as opposed to satisfying one’s need? By what metric is a person’s maximum need determined, and should a person be prohibited from acquiring more than that limit? If there is a maximum on acquisition, should a person continue producing wealth once reaching that maximum?
What if that person decides to only produce that which meets that individual’s ‘need’, as established by the ‘democratic’ collective? Will that person be deemed as failing to ‘contribute’ a fair share? Should the person be forced to produce, even though there is no personal benefit from that further production?
If forced labor is the answer, “democratic socialism” is just another version of slaves and masters.
I invite proponents of “democratic socialism” to comment.
Dennis P. O’Neil