Quotation of the Day…

by Don Boudreaux on June 26, 2014

in Civil Society, Inequality, Other People's Money

… is from page 17 of Liberty Fund’s 1990 edition of Bertrand de Jouvenel’s book, The Ethics of Redistribution:

Christ’s bidding to the rich is most imperative.  It is necessary to stress that while he urged the rich young man to “distribute unto the poor,” he did not tell the poor to take upon themselves to distribute by taxation the rich young man’s wealth.  While the moral value of the first process is evident, that of the second is not.

I’m no Christian or biblical scholar or theologian, but – if I recall correctly from my 13 years of Catholic schooling – nor did Christ counsel the rich young man to force other rich people to distribute unto the poor.


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