Not the Strongest Argument for Income Equality

From Gordon Tullock’s 1986 essay “Industrial Organization and Rent Seeking in Dictatorships,” in particular on p.124 of Vol. 5 of his collected works, The Rent-Seeking Society (footnote omitted):

I have currently been reading a series of articles in The Washington Post in which a communist official in Vietnam is quoted as saying that their society is stabler than other South East Asian countries’ because although it is extremely poor, the poverty is evenly spread. The reporter clearly thought this was a significant argument.

Odd though this thinking is, it is also common. I humbly submit that it is more humane to be concerned with how to better the lot of the poor, rather than the mathematical ratio between the poor and the wealthy. This is literally the difference between caring about people versus numbers.


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