When people are addicted to drugs or alcohol or food, so that their life revolves around acquiring and consuming, we regard this as a mental illness.
When people are addicted to money, so that their life revolves around acquiring and hoarding, we give them tax breaks.
Why do we deify the hoarding of money? Why do we doff our caps at billionaires, as though they are special and different? Why do we let them play at philanthropy, instead of taxing the crap out of them?
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