#1. Wealth inequality is a thing that has always existed to some extent, and I am glad that it does. If everyone makes 1600 a month, there is no incentive to better yourself
Who's arguing that everyone makes $1600 a month?
Do you subscribe to the concept of The "American Dream" Bbauska?
In 1931, historian James Truslow Adams first publicly defined the American Dream. He used the phrase in his book Epic of America. Adams' often-repeated quote is, "The American Dream is that dream of a land in which life should be better and richer and fuller for everyone, with opportunity for each according to ability or achievement."
Adams went on to say that it is not, "... a dream of motor cars and high wages merely, but a dream of social order in which each man and each woman shall be able to attain to the fullest stature of which they are innately capable, and be recognized by others for what they are, regardless of the fortuitous circumstances of birth or position.”
What this can be succinctly said to be is "Social Mobility". In countries with great wealth inequality there is less social mobility. In countries where inequality is less, there is greater social mobility.
In other words, for a person born into a household of lower income and wealth; the "American Dream" is now easier to achieve in Denmark, or Sweden or Canada.
https://qz.com/1057324/without-equality ... portunity/
I don't subscribe to the notion that people should earn equally. Nor does any modern social democracy. What they all subscribe to is affordable medical care for all, affordable education for all, and an emphasis on the social programs that allow children in poorer households the same or at least similar opportunities and security as those born into wealthy families.
That can be achieved by taxation, and by paying for those programs.
The US middle class was built by such programs after WWII. They've been degraded since 1980.
So has social mobility, and the promise of the American Dream.
I'll note our agreement on the overspending in the military. Its this that largely brought the Soviet Union to its knees. And even Putin understands that he can't keep Russia's current military spending levels... But not apparently US politicians who think more money for guns is always a good thing.
Can we agree that Social Mobility - is also desirable?
The benefits of high social mobility include lower crime, a healthier and happier populace and greater social cohesion . Again, all good things?