美國哈佛大學法律系教授Elizabeth Warren,身兼美國著名的破產法專家和民主黨參議員候選人,這次選舉拿下Massachusetts(麻州)參議員席次,她在2011年的一場視頻中表示以下這段話



There is nobody in this country who got rich on his own,Nobody
在這個國家,沒有任何人光靠自己努力就能變得富有

She says:"You built a factory out there? Good for you."
"But I want to be clear:you moved your goods to market on the roads the rest of us paid for;you hired workers the rest of us paid to educate;you were safe in your factory because of police forces and fire forces that the rest of us paid for.You didn't have to worry that marauding bands would come and seize everything at your factory,and hire someone to protect against this,because of the work the rest of us did.
我要把話說得明白,也許你認為你一切的成就都是來自於你自己奮鬥的成果,可是別忘了那些社會成本,因為社會大眾的納稅,政府修建道路,你的貨物才能在工廠和市場之間順利運輸;社會大眾出資建立了完善的教育制度,你才可以雇用到優秀的員工;你不用擔心搶劫或意外,因為政府設立了安全的警政機構與消防隊安全維護,才讓你可以在工廠裡安心工作

She continues:"Now look,you built a factory and it turned into something terrific,or a great idea?Keep a big hunk of it. But part of the underlying social contract is you take a hunk of that and pay forward for the next kid who comes along.
你看,你建造了一座工廠,並且經營的有聲有色或者發展出很好的理念,你可以拿走大部分的利潤,但是,這背後隱藏著一份社會契約,這份契約的內容是,你可以拿走這些利潤,但是你必須為下一代人負擔這些費用,讓制度運作得更順利

Joe:「一個國家的運作要靠社會大眾共同集資才能正常運作,必須透過納稅的方式來集資,每個人都有這些義務,企業家之所以能夠有理想的經營環境與資源,主要都是靠社會資源從各方面所建構而成的,企業家經營企業有獲利了,回饋給社會是應盡的義務,這些義務不會白費,它終究會在回流到自由市場上,幫助企業家獲得更多投資與經營資源,互利共生。」

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