I heard a Christian say she doesn’t believe in Capitalism. She believes there ought to be an equal distribution of wealth. She thinks this is what Jesus said. She thinks this is ‘standing for what is right’. She said we ought to maintain morals. She said we should give to the needy.
But when you think about it, she’s contradicted herself on at least two points. The very fact that she mentions ‘giving’, is an endorsement of Capitalism, because Capitalism is defined as the ‘economic system where ownership and control of capital is in private hands’. Without Capitalism there is no such thing as private property; and without private property, there can be no such thing as ‘giving’, because in Socialism everything already belongs to everybody. (You can’t ‘give’ something to someone if it already belongs to him or her.) The Bible talks about ‘giving’ to the poor, which means the Bible acknowledges the notion of private property, which equals Capitalism.
She said we should keep our morals. But that’s possible only with Capitalism. In Socialism there can be no such concept as stealing, because everything already belongs to everybody. (You can’t ‘steal’ something if everything already belongs to you.) Therefore without Capitalism there can be no concept of ‘sin’ against God, only of crime against the State. There is no longer any such thing as morality. But when the Bible commanded, ‘Thou shalt not steal’, it was to protect the moral value of private property, which equals Capitalism.
Without private property rights (i.e. without Capitalism) the concept of ‘giving’ is replaced by the concept of ‘redistribution’, which equals Socialism, and denies the Biblical concepts of private property, giving, stealing, sin against God, and replaces it with the humanist concept of the State being supreme.
The forced, legislated, equal redistribution of wealth – is tantamount to theft. Jesus never commanded such a thing. The Bible reaffirms the morality of private property. And it commands us to help the needy.
The best way to help the needy isn’t always to give them money. Doing that creates welfare dependency. A better way to help them is to provide them with paid employment. But to do that, you first have to own a business – which equals capitalism. Without capitalism, you can’t lift up the poor – in Socialism (i.e. without private property rights), you can only bring everyone else down to the level of the poor.
The redistributionists claim to be compassionate – but in the long term, their methods do not really help the poor; and in the meantime, they perpetrate an injustice against the hardworking, rightful creators and owners of the very wealth which can be used to give the poor a chance to work and improve their status.