Loving “the poor” does not mean hating “the rich.” That is the problem with communism. It is founded on hatred of the other, rather than on love.
Someone once told me when you go crawdad fishing (they look like tiny lobsters), you can thrown them live in a bucket. You don’t have to worry about them climbing out, because they will claw at eachother, and whenever one crawdad starts to climb out, the others knock him back down with the rest of them.
It is all bound up in the rhetoric of “inequality.” That implies that there is something wrong with other people, merely for being/having more than others. Regardless if they have taken advantage of anyone else or treated others well, regardless if they have hurt anyone else in their climb higher, regardless of how well off the less-successful-than-them are — all that matters is that they have a bit more. Even if I make $80,000/year and am far more wealthy than 99% of the world, I can hate on “the rich” person who makes $300,000/year because there is a huge “inequality” of $220,000. “Inequality” isn’t about absolute values–it is all about the difference.
Look — I don’t have a problem with inequality, in and of itself. Yay inequality, good for them. If I & my family can happily live on $30,000/year — I will not hate the person who is living on $300,000/year. That is their life, they made different choices than me, and I do not hate them for it. So what that they are richer than me? So what? Look — if I was starving to death, and they, as a fellow human being, saw me and didn’t help me out — then I would have a reason to be angry at them–then you can hate them for “callously-letting-people-starve-that-they-could-help”. But I will not hate them, merely, for “inequality”.
As long as everyone is above the poverty line, as long as everyone has food and shelter and freedom and life — I don’t care if you have 100x more money than the little guy, as long as the little guy has enough to live and care for his own.
OK? Let’s retire the rhetoric of “inequality” and “the gap between rich and poor”. Instead, let’s talk about “living wage” and “the poverty line”–because THAT is an objective good, not just hating on others for what they are.
Also–there is something very wrong about inherently hating and loving based on one’s class in “the rich” or “the poor”. First and foremost, we are all human.
The communists shot folks in a Korean village based on the amount of callous on their hands (e.g. if your hands were calloused, you were a ‘working man’ and deserved to live. Otherwise, you were shot). A love based on hatred is no love.