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The reaction among the chattering classes was, as you would expect, visceral in its disgust.

But should it have been? Is there really something wrong with wanting people who merely seek to work hard, put in an honest day’s work for an honest day’s pay and mind their business to be able to live a decent life?

Put another way, what is the true path to prosperity? There needs to be more serious thinking about the question than we’re getting in political circles. Is it luck, diligence, perseverance, government investment, private philanthropy, the profit motive or something else? The answer is more complicated than you’d think.

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