I think the problem I am having with your stance is that you seem to want to "manufacture" Inequality....in some insane attempt to stave off poverty in a very backward "witch doctor" type of way. It is almost as if you want to manufacture poor people in order to sacrifice them to the "god of wealth" in order you that your "crops" will flourish. I know I am making your stance out to be archaic but I have not heard a rational justification as to why would not only condone inequality but you want to put a system in place that would dramatically add more humans to the "poverty" pile in order to tip the scale of inequality even further.
I think my system would decrease poverty. Inequality is only combated on the individual level. Mostly each individual has to combat their narcissism and most social ills will be lessened.
Your premise of ' if we all are equal then we all must be poor' is not even a rational statement. Do you really think there could ever be true equality with the way human nature is? Don't you see that just by simply being born beautiful makes you "wealthier" than your ugly counterpart? Life is easier for beautiful people. Nothing will change that...it's a fact. Life is easier for gifted people...nothing will change that. Does that mean that someone will have a bad life if they don't have those things? No. They have other gifts...hidden gifts...gifts that may bring equality in other ways. Ways you could not imagine.
Yay for arguing my case.
What I am saying is to make others gifts abound to the best of their abilities. This does not make us equal in the same gifts...only in the joyful celebration of diverse gifts that only adds to everyone's well being. Think about it...a person who takes pride in his/her gift of teaching skills (for example) and strives to be the best... deserves compensation just as any other over achiever....like CEO's. To take their wages in order to shower ceo's with bountiful profits the likes of which they could never spend in a lifetime just seems like voodoo throw the virgin into the volcano tactics. It is akin to some dysfunctional way of thinking that makes for a dangerous environment. This is the reason behind so much crime in our society. It's because people can't comprehend the injustice of it all and the sense of hopelessness your voodoo/magic shit brings.
And now you get to what happens when we stop pursuing equality: 'only in the joyful celebration of diverse gifts that only adds to everyone's well being'.
You are perpetuating the hopelessness with your silly thoughts of Doom regarding equality. It is simply demons in your mind and nothing more. Replace them with reason and kindness and you will know sanity and fear will leave you....as if by magic.
I am actually defending your silly thoughts most of the time. You just don't know the foundations that allow you to be you are being attacked.
Despite which what do you think of the idea behind the idea. The only means of equality is for everyone to have nothing. I think that is quite blind-siding when you realise it.