In her book "No Higher Honor," Condoleezza Rice mentions a parable Mikhail Gorbachev once shared with President George H.W. Bush about the egalitarian tendencies of Russia before the Soviet period.
A peasant finds Aladdin's lamp, the story goes: "What would you like me to do for you?" the genie asks.
"Look at my neighbor. He has a good family, good crops and the latest means of conveyance," the peasant says. "Look at me. My wife is awful, I have no harvest and I don't even have a means of conveyance."
"So do you want me to make your life like his," the genie asks.
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"No," the peasant responds. "I want you to make his life like mine."
Some might reasonably argue there is a similarity between this parable and President Barack Obama's idea to redistribute our nation's wealth.