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The debate over the distribution of property and the unnatural inequality it produces has long troubled political thinkers as Jean-Jacques Rousseau mused in his Discourse on the Origins of Inequality It is obviously contrary to the law of nature however it may be defined for a child to command an old man for an imbecile to lead a wise man and for a handful of people to gorge themselves on superfluities while the starving multitude lacks necessities Rousseau p 869 Thomas Paine wrote in his classic The Rights of Man that he wished to restore justice among families by a distribution of property Paine p 177 This sentiment was seemingly echoed by Karl Marx in The Communist Manifesto when he spoke of the the crying inequalities in the distribution of wealth Marx p 34 However a more careful review of the texts in context For these authors cannot be read in a political vacuum the ramifications of the environment in which their arguments originated must be considered will reveal to us two arguments that while similar in theory differ in implementation Paines proposal for redistribution of property was seen by some as radical for his time a time devoid of any progressive tax scheme of note but still in line with leading liberal bourgeois political values of the day Marxs argument formed nearly a century later after the success of the middle class in seizing a sizable share of power from the old nobility has rendered many of Paines aspirations a reality While Marx saw the proletariat revolution as the next step in the evolution of society Paine would argue that society had already reached an apex in the manifestation of liberal democracy and Marxs attempt to further equalize society would serve to destroy the very bourgeois political values that Paine had utilized to advance what Marx termed the capitalist bourgeois rebellion against feudal society I would argue that while in practice the irreconcilable differences
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