Marat Posted March 11, 2011 Share Posted March 11, 2011 Lemur: If you travel from a country with a very high degree of wealth inequality like the U.S. (GINI number 45) and go to live in one with a low degree of wealth inequality like Germany (GINI number 27), you simply don't experience the type of problems you imagine from the restriction of inequality by government redistribution. I lived in the U.S. for about half my life and lived in Germany for 7 years, and Germany seems every bit as economically free as the U.S. does. Perhaps one would notice less economic 'freedom' at the higher levels of corporate entrepreneurship, where profits would be noticeably more heavily taxed, but for most people, 'freedom' means not the freedom to earn as much money as possible without paying much tax on it, and instead means the freedom from fear of bankruptcy as a result of severe illness, or of devastating economic results from unemployment, or low standard housing or homelessness, or the inability to go to university if you are economically unlucky. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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