America had income equality at its beginning. The Pilgrims made a pact to share everything as they de-boarded the Mayflower on November 11, 1620, to found the Plymouth colony (or as they called it, "the first colony in the Northern parts of Virginia"). Long before Karl Marx came along, the Pilgrims invented communism.
And they almost starved.
Those who could work felt exploited as they received no more than those who could not work, or whose work was not as productive. Call it greed all you like, but without the incentive to work harder, these young men had no incentive to do more than the least to get by. Not being able to reap the fruits of one's labor is slavery, and that is what Pilgrim communism was.
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