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    Nah, nothing wrong with the rich. A lot wrong with rich who decide to brag/think they are better than everyone else though.
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    I'm ignoring most of the posts here (very immature, uneducated, too many) and just going to answer this from my point of view.

    First off, I think it's very important to make a distinction as to what one means by "the rich", as that is a very broad definition nowadays, especially with the extreme variety of wealth. I don't think many people hate the moderately wealthy (eg. upper-middle - the £150k per year crowd) or even the very well off (eg. capital around £1m, £250k py), I think most of the "hate" is directed towards the "super-rich", the people with virtually unlimited capital and, with it, virtually unlimited, unrestrained and unchecked influence and power. In terms of amount of capital they have - anything from £50m+.As I said before, the hatred stems from several things, but certainly a general disgust at the favours that sheer amount of money gets you. You can lobby for tax breaks, lowered taxes and all kinds of legislation that would be "stack the deck" in favour of your interests over the interests of the majority. Many (IMO, quite rightly) believe that the state and it's subsequent legislation should be made to benefit the majority, not the few. The concept of social justice and fairness is much more ingrained in the UK than the US, probably due to the heavier influence of socialism/social democratic governance over the past 150 years (the US has had virtually none - I'm even surprised they have any form of social security) and one could even argue the effect that World War 2 had on the country and it's social cohesion may have had a part to play. A very enshrined democratic principle here (even if many people don't choose to vote) is that each individual should have an equal say in determining the fate of the country - put simply: one person, one vote - and that each should be equal under the law. But massive concentrations of wealth distort that principle effectively making some voices louder than others. A lot of people don't think that is fair.

    A more general grievance towards the very rich are their exuberant, gregarious and over-the-top lifestyles and - mostly - their moral righteousness in their "right" to personally enjoy their riches and not have to share with anyone. "If someone has £200m and gives away £150m, they would still have enough money to enjoy an amazing lifestyle for them and their children for generations, so why do they insist on hoarding it to themselves?" is an example of one such argument. When problems such as inferior and underfunded public services, homelessness and poverty seem to be blighting an otherwise wealthy and powerful society, it's not hard to understand why hate is levied towards those who have more than enough for themselves but refuse to share. As many of the other people here have - very narrow-mindedly - said, it's too simplistic and pointless to dismiss criticism and malice of "the rich" because of envy, jealously or lack of personal success.

    So there you go, this is my opinion. I assume I'll get metaphorically **** on and called a deluded socialist or something along those lines (even though I'm not a socialist) but whatever; let the trolling commence.
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    They are generally *****, not all but I generally think they are from what i've encountered. From what i've seen the millionaires tend to be the general ***** and the multimillionaires seem to be fairly nice. I dont dislike the rich because they are rich, I dislike them because they seem to think they are better then others, once again not all of them.
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    (Original post by ChaoticButterfly)
    Trolling doesn't work that well on those who know they are talking to a troll. Go troll Billy Disco on necessity of immigration or something.
    Weak reply. Leftie logic for you.
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    (Original post by Howard)
    Flat tax rates hit the poor disproportionately hard.
    I'm not suggesting tax hikes on the poor or defunding social services and income assistance. Like I said, the governments in the UK, Canada, and the US throw away billions overseas and in unnecessary expenditures.

    Perhaps with less tax on high-end income and businesses, business owners could actually afford to hire more workers and pay them those high minimum wages instead of laying people off and outsourcing to foreign countries. Couple that with other incentives to go domestic and this might actually generate more jobs and more tax revenue to support the poor, no?
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    A combination of envy and avoiding individual responsibility.
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    It's simply jealousy


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    (Original post by Dandaman1)
    I'm not suggesting tax hikes on the poor or defunding social services and income assistance. Like I said, the governments in the UK, Canada, and the US throw away billions overseas and in unnecessary expenditures.

    Perhaps with less tax on high-end income and businesses, business owners could actually afford to hire more workers and pay them those high minimum wages instead of laying people off and outsourcing to foreign countries. Couple that with other incentives to go domestic and this might actually generate more jobs and more tax revenue to support the poor, no?
    I don't see why lower taxes on corporations would encourage them to employ more people. The amount of people a company employs is a function of the demand a company has for its products, not how much tax it pays. From what I gather Starbucks appears not to pay any corporation tax in the UK at all. But they still only employ the number of baristas they need; they don't employ extra ones!.

    Don't get me wrong; I'm all for keeping tax on corporations and people (rich and poor) as low as possible - but your argument that low corporation tax is wed to job creation doesn't hold much water. It's a questionable link at best.
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    (Original post by Howard)
    I don't see why lower taxes on corporations would encourage them to employ more people. The amount of people a company employs is a function of the demand a company has for its products, not how much tax it pays. From what I gather Starbucks appears not to pay any corporation tax in the UK at all. But they still only employ the number of baristas they need; they don't employ extra ones!.

    Don't get me wrong; I'm all for keeping tax on corporations and people (rich and poor) as low as possible - but your argument that low corporation tax is wed to job creation doesn't hold much water. It's a questionable link at best.
    I'm not saying tax breaks will immediately result in more jobs or that there's a straight connection between the two - it would need to be done in conjunction with something else (for example, a business operating in Canada could be given major tax breaks if certain conditions are met, e.g. if 90% of their employees and partners are situated within Canada). This break alone wouldn't necessarily cause them to hire more employees (I hear you), but it's the first step in being able to afford more employees at higher wage prices.

    All taxing productivity does is make the prospect of keeping business and capital within the country increasingly inequitable, thereby driving down economic growth and tax revenue in the long run.
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    I don't think being rich And greedy go hand In hand I would resent some whos greedy.
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    I don't think people resent the rich so much as resenting those who are born rich. I get the feeling people such as the "rich kids of instagram" are resented a lot more than people like Jeff Bezos, despite the fact that the latter is many orders of magnitude richer than the former.

    If someone can see that a person worked for their money they can normally respect that (although often you'll still here claims of being lucky, but in a more off-hand way). If someone is just rich purely because of clear, irrefutable chance on their part, that I think is where there is more of an issue.
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    I'd wager that a large amount of it is jealousy/envy.
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    Across the world billions of people lack access to clean drinking water, food, safe housing, millions die from entirely preventable diseases, meanwhile a small amount of people horde wealth beyond any definition of good sense...

    Definitely just jelosuy at play...
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    I do not mid the rich if they are not utter *******s to the poor

    Example of a rich person I like: Alan Sugar
    Richard person(s) I dislike -George Osborne and Piers morgan( probably not as rich as the other two
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    (Original post by mojojojo101)
    Across the world billions of people lack access to clean drinking water, food, safe housing, millions die from entirely preventable diseases, meanwhile a small amount of people horde wealth beyond any definition of good sense...

    Definitely just jelosuy at play...
    The mega-rich already pump massive amounts of money into trying to eradicate diseases and provide improved infrastructure.

    What else would you propose they do?
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    The pay levels at boardroom level are absolutely scandalous. I'm amazed more people aren't resentful of this. You even sense resentment from the journalists in the times. At the same time renumeration at the bottom is stagnant and set to fall as inflation picks up this year. But these gangsters at the top get away with too much rewards. It's this injustice that I despise.
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    Not many people actually resent "the rich". They resent the political system which allows the super rich to have far too much influence on politics, and which often ignores ordinary people. And then of course you've got the super rich who pay very little tax and who lobby for relaxed tax rules. Big difference.

    Personally, I hate the rich people who act as though they're rich because they deserve to be, and anyone who is poor is just lazy and didn't work hard enough. Completely ignoring the many hard working poor people, and the lazy rich people who were born into money. I also hate the rich people who push for draconian changes to the welfare system that would impoverish thousands based on this fallacy of "natural economic justice".
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    (Original post by mojojojo101)
    Across the world billions of people lack access to clean drinking water, food, safe housing, millions die from entirely preventable diseases, meanwhile a small amount of people horde wealth beyond any definition of good sense...

    Definitely just jelosuy at play...
    This idea that wealthy people just horde money is such a nonsense


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