I think that some people have way more money than one person could ever possibly need, but I seriously doubt that anyone has enough to make indiscriminate redistribution worthwhile in a meaningful sense.
For example, if you were to liquidate the total net worth of all of the world’s rich folks ($46 trillion), and distribute it to everyone living in poverty (3 billion), each person would get a one-time payment of around $15k. That might instantaneously change millions of peoples lives, but it would eventually trickle up again into the coffers of the people who control the structures that our society runs on, and I’d guess that there would be at least another 3 billion poor in just a few generations. It’s those structures that need to change, not the financial standing of the people controlling them.
I say that the best way for global positive change is for the average person to stop viewing wealthy people as resources to be mined by the government for extra cash, and instead to start viewing them as the guardians of our way of life. That, my friend, is a really stressful job, and for some people, those millions are all the compensation they’ll ever get — having sacrificed health, happiness, friends, and family in order to reach their position of influence. If rich folks were to tank their companies, or stop skillfully managing their assets, it would put a lot more than 3 billion in the poor house. What needs to happen is not to punish people for working hard, and gaining power. Instead, I think we ought to start thinking about ways to leverage more of these hard-working, influential people to create widespread change.
More than ever before, business owners are positioned to radically change the world in ways that the slow-acting, lowest-common-denominator policies that are indicative of large governments simply won’t do. I often wonder if our world would operate more ethically if corporate leaders caught a little less flack for “being too rich,” got a little more more respect for the societal good they do provide, and received a little bit more positive encouragement from “the common man” on ways to willingly use their power and influence for positive social change.
Kings can be loved by their subjects, if both are wise, kind, and just. Let’s keep talking to our government leaders about the issues we care about, but I think it would be a good idea to also start talking to our boss’ boss’ bosses!