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". . . Everybody was listening to this, and we were all full of sacrificial feeling, and all thinking we ought to do this. But I came to my senses on the way home.
"I started to say that the idea of distributing everything evenly is based on a THEORY that there's only X amount of stuff in the world, that somehow we took it away from the poorer countries in the first place, and therefore we should give it back to them. But this theory doesn't take into account the REAL reason for the differences between countries - that is, the development of new techniques for growing food, the development of machinery to grow food and do other things and the fact that all this machinery requires the concentration of capital. It isn't the STUFF, but the power to MAKE the stuff, that is important. . ."

    -- Richard Feynman, Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman - Adventures of a Curious Character