Overheard this morning was the following conversation between the 5 year old and the 3 year old:

J5: <takes pretend money from J3> “Now I’m rich and you’re poor!”

J3: <takes pretend money from J5> “No, I’m rich and you’re poor!”

J5: <takes pretend money from J3> “Now I’m rich and you’re poor!”

J3: <holds hand out for money, which is not given>

J5: <tired of his periodic stints as a poor man> “No, I’ll stay rich. You can be poor.”

We briefly studied King L0uis the blah blah (14th?) and the French Revolution this week, touching on the terms rich vs. poor. This elementary view of economics is cute when played out on the living room floor, but when grown ups hold onto the same view (rich vs poor OR sharing equally being the only options) we end up with some serious problems. I remember studying this topic in college; is rich vs. poor the only option? Or, is there a better system that enables all people to live well without the Robin Hood-esque system of socialism? History has shown us that there is, indeed, a better way. The only problem is that we’re about to make a quick exit 😉

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