Mike makes a good point. There is such a thing as 'wealth creation,' which 'zero-sum' types need to consider. An ear of corn can father how many? The only limitations are soil, weather, predators, and how well the husbandman does his job. Wealth creation is a natural law and cannot be ignored. That is why the long term trend on the equities chart is up. Poor stewardship of resources, inability to defend agains predators, and destructive natural phenomena can destroy wealth, but only for a season. Until the natural law is overturned, wealth creation by human beings is a given. Let's put it this way, it's built into nature. Mitigating this, of course, is human nature and its tendency to corrupt and destroy if unchecked. Of course, if one subscibes to the 'regression to the mean' idea, then there is a big payback coming some day. Perhaps this is the Judgment. I'm getting over my head with these blanket statements. I think the principles are valid, though.