I'm guessing those of you that are in favor of abolishing inheritance have none coming to you, or if your parents are already dead, didnt get one. Money doesnt make you who you are, it only amplifies who you are. If you are a hard worker with little money, you will work much harder with money. If you are an asshole when you dont have money, you will be a bigger asshole with money. If you are a lazy bum without money, you will be even lazier with money. If your parents work hard all their lives and invest and save 1 million dollars, why shouldnt the kids get it.(most "kids" will not get their inheritance until they are in their 40s-50s by the way so saying it will ruin them is a little naive) But if that logic holds up that people become lazy when they get a sudden surge of cash, then why would you give it to the government? Wouldnt they just get more lazy, too? Why screw everyone up when you can just screw up your own kids.