One of the biggest problems I have with those who complain about income inequality is the fallacious way they construct their arguments. They intentionally construct their argument so that their conclusion is the only one the audience can be expected to make (fallacy of confirmation bias) they often try to deceive their audience by equating things that are not equal (fallacy of equivocation); and they never explain the other side of the issue(s), let alone admit to the objections to their arguments. One of the most recent examples of this practice is illustrated in a YouTube video that has been going around the Internet titled “Wealth Inequality in America:”
There is so much wrong with this video, but you can get the idea by watching and listening to the explanation in this video (it is an excellent and devastating critique of the ‘inequality’ argument):
Now, you are free to believe whatever you want, but not if you want to hold beliefs based in logic and sound reasoning. If you want people to consider you to be a rational, reasonable person, then you are no longer free to believe whatever you want. You must have a philosophy based in logic and sound reasoning or the proper application of the rules governing logic (right reasoning). The people who are trying to make the argument that income inequality represents some sort of comment on American society are not practicing the principles of right reasoning. In fact, they are intentionally misusing those principles. This is what the first video represents: bad reasoning. But the second video, while still leaving room for a moral discussion on this issue, demonstrates the proper application of logic. As a result, the second video takes the same information that was available to the people who made the first video but the second video paints an entirely different – and much more accurate – picture of the real world.
This is what you really have to decide: will you believe whatever you ‘fell’ like believing or will you do your best to believe the best understanding of reality you can find?