I am currently doing a home study course to gain some designations in estate planning, and the following quote from the textbook may be of interest here:
"Contrary to popular belief, no individual has a natural right to transfer property to others at death. The law has evolved to the point that estate transfer is a privilege granted by the state, and not a right. " - Estate Planning, Kaplan Financial, p.3
This is just the opening line from a longer exposition on the theme of estate transfer.
Obviously there are cases of obscene wealth out there which form a different case, but what is more natural to family values and a family's security than the ability to pass property to the next generation?
I do not want this to devolve into a diatribe about "the rich", the estate tax, or a financial/legal debate. The initial principle here contains plenty of food for thought.
As Christians, we are obligated to aid the poor and distraught, and the state also is involved in this activity(taxes). However, I think it was Eric a few months ago put it very well. To paraphrase Eric , state sponsored charity, connot be true charity, it is a mere caricature of true concern for others. Indeed, without being motivated by the love of Christ, poverty relief quickly degenerates into livestock management.
How far have we fallen from a family friendly system? Porn, violence, drugs, are the obvious decadent agents are symptoms of a disease in society. Principles such as the one stated in the text, though not as lurid, also erode at the creation of a pro family culture of life.
At the very least. Could one even envision a more non-distributist idea?
What do you all think?