Oct 25, 2013

Churches' redistribution of wealth

"It is allowed to pass as an unquestioned doctrine in regard to social class that 'the rich' ought to 'care for the poor'; that Churches especially ought to collect capital from the rich and spend it for the poor; that parishes ought to be clusters of institutions by means of which one social class should perform its duty to another; and that clergymen, economist, and social philosophers have a technical and professional duty to devise schemes for 'helping the poor.'"

-- William Graham Sumner, "What Social Classes Owe to Each Other," 1883