Citizens Dividend

An excerpt from the fictional tales of Nathaniel Acorn.
Circa 1790. Massachusetts.

The resources of this earth belong to its inhabitants, each and every one. If we are to live by the creed of freedom and equality for all, that each man has the right to pursue his happiness, following his inborn desires — then he must be provided with adequate resources. How can a society that does not allocate a fair distribution of its assets be considered free? If a man is beholden to another for mere sustenance, how is he not his servant?

The methods of “finders, keepers” and “woe to the vanquished” are a poor way indeed to govern the fruits of life. Because of the generational nature of existence, those first to discover or utilize a particular resource are no more entitled to it than an eldest to his siblings’ resources. And the winning of contests does not entitle, lest we advocate an eldest utilizing his maturity and strength to take all he can from his siblings.

A just society must provide all members a percentage of its resources — and for what is limited, let those without be compensated through other means. The effectiveness of wealth is directly tied to the stability of society, therefore those with more, requiring the most stability, must pay their share through adequate taxation.

For what reason do we unite as a nation — is it to pen ourselves, making easy prey to be fed upon by ravenous wolves — or is it to lift all men through our collective efforts? Surely it is the latter. Let us therefore strive to make our founding documents not works of mere fancy, but plans of a nation set upon a hill, one so enlightened that it serves to brighten the entirety of earth.

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