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edmund_the_destroyer wrote

It makes me want to cry that any idiot believes what that person wrote... let alone some huge portion of the population.

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GrimWillow wrote

It's pretty demented...do they know that the bottom %20 do a fuckton more of the actual work to keep the system going than the top %20?

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bloodrose wrote

Seriously. He said in terms of net worth. Culling the bottom 20% in terms of net worth would not just take away the workers, it would wipe out civilization. According to wikipedia's article on distribution of wealth, "The bottom 95% held 28.4% of world wealth." That means you'd have a little over 5% of your population left. You wouldn't have enough people left to man power plants and run infrastructure.

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edmund_the_destroyer wrote

Clearly they are convinced the average person is hopeless without the wisdom and guidance of the elite, whether those elite are academics, politicians, engineers, or industrialists.

My formal education was pretty good and if you'll permit some arrogance I would claim to be more knowledgeable on a wide range of topics than most people. But that means I know enough to understand that holding myself as some kind of elite that the unwashed masses need for leadership is flat out incorrect. I know enough to understand that some elementary school teachers, plumbers, insurance clerks, gas station attendants, auto mechanics, nurses, janitors, and chefs have equal or better raw intelligence to me and an equal or better breadth and depth of knowledge.

The people on top of the economic ladder are a combination of the luckiest and the most ruthless. Wisdom, intelligence, skill - they're spread through all levels, and we don't need the top 20%.