(A word from everybody's favorite supposed-capitalist and most misquoted thinker of our time.)
Those exertions of the natural liberty of a few individuals, which might endanger the security of the whole society, are, and ought to be, restrained by the laws of all governments.
- Adam Smith (1723-90)
former professor of moral philosophy in the University of Glasgow,
and author of An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations (1776).
Billionaires are examples of individuals that "might endanger the security of the whole society." The decisions they are capable of making, having such extreme wealth, are too dangerous for the rest of society. Wealth inequity MUST NOT be allowed to remain limitless.
- Jody Nagel
September 11, 2004