Unequal Distribution Of Wealth

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The unequal distribution of wealth has always been a huge problem that has plagued society throughout the ages. As forms of governments of each nation have changed, the unequal distribution of wealth has remained a constant. Even in Communist countries, which were supposed to eliminate this problem by abolishing the private ownership of land, the unequal distribution of wealth was still a problem in their society. It is difficult for society as a whole to make advancements, because of the unequal distribution of wealth. It also creates a gap between the classes in a society, which usually leads to clashing opinions about many important issues. The unequal distribution of wealth also makes the living conditions of the less fortunate undesirable, because the upper class is usually concerned about gaining and maintaining their own wealth first and concerned about others second. It is difficult for the poor to rise above the poverty level, because they are dependent upon what the upper class deems is a fair wage for producing the goods that they make.

Governments implement laws to help with the unequal distribution of wealth, but such laws usually simply mask the actual problem. The laws put into effect by governments are also often only slightly effective in helping with the unequal distribution of wealth, because there are many factors that contribute to the problem. Such factors include education, social standing, position held in work place, living location, and life background. There are several ways to compensate for the factors that cause the unequal distribution of wealth, which include a welfare system, social security, health care, and John Galbraith?s idea of giving each family a minimum income that allows them to participate in the economy. Karl Marx also offers a few novel ideas on how to fix...