Booker T Washington on Wealth Redistribution

The youth are regularly being led astray by their teachers, the education system, ideological organization, political parties and social media about the evils of the wealthy. They would have the children believe that socialism would be a better fit for America.

As a parent, you may be confronted with socialist banter from your children and it is important to first analyse our own thoughts about wealth and the wealthy and then share counter arguments to our children who are being led astray.

Wealth matters, it employs people, it allows for innovation, it constructs the life around us. Simply because we, ourselves, may not be wealthy doesn’t mean that wealth itself is evil and we want our children to have a healthy relationship with money and wealth.

As many a great minds have shared, money is not evil, it is neutral. People, however, have a choice to use it for good and evil.

The words of Booker T. Washington in ‘Up From Slavery’ raise a great point that can be shared with our children.

My experience in getting money for Tuskegee has taught me to have no patience with those people who are always condemning the rich because they are rich, and because they do not give more to objects of charity. In the first place, those who are guilty of such sweeping criticisms do not know how many people would be made poor, and how much suffering would result, if wealthy people were to part all at once with any large proportion of their wealth in a way to disorganize and cripple great business enterprises. Then very few persons have any idea of the large number of applications for help that rich people are constantly being flooded with. I know wealthy people who receive as many as twenty calls a day for help. More than once, when I have gone into the offices of rich men, I have found half a dozen persons waiting to see them, and all come for the same purpose, that of securing money. And all these calls in person, to say nothing of the applications received through the mails. Very few people have any idea of the amount of money given away by persons who never permit their names to be known. I have often heard persons condemned for not giving away money, who, to my own knowledge, were giving away thousands of dollars every years to quietly that the world knew nothing of it.

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