Not one person, not one single person on this thread gives a flying fuck about this "finite pot" of yours. That's furthest from their (and your) minds. Try a bit harder to be more realistic in your approach, Bubbler, ole buddy. Wrong! The pot might not be actually finite but it does exist within the constraints of input and output. I am very concerned that those who do not contribute to the pot take from it at the expense of those who do. In your socialist Utopia, do you really see it as fair that the idle and feckless should live off the backs of the workers? I certainly don't. The problem with socialism is that it doesn't bring everybody up to an ideal of prosperous equality, but brings them all down to the lowest common denominator of equal misery. Have you ever considered why obvious corruption is far worse in countries where incomes and lifestyles are fixed by a centrally determined co-efficient? Fairness is never fair to all and socialism just encourages minimum effort. It is simple economics; if I cannot improve my lot by doing more, I probably won't bother. On the other hand if the rewards are there to be had I will probably strive to get them and in the process enrich all those around me.