The author’s sense of a moral system depends on you believing that people born into different circumstances and kept that way by systems they cannot in their lifetimes hope to topple is moral.

The author seems to believe in a meritocracy, which many people do believe in, but which is as fictional as the tooth fairy or Santa Claus. Some people do manage to overcome their circumstances, and some people fall under their circumstances — but these are largely anecdotal, not statistical.

The author claims: “ Our differences as human beings should be celebrated.”

Yet, who is celebrating when a person born into poverty remains there? Zuckerberg, Gates, Buffet? If the person who remained in poverty celebrates, it is because they have strength greater than most of us.

Truth is that any evaluation of morality in economic situations should not overlook the need to shame those who have too much.

Resident of Frogpondia.

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