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Some implications of current research regarding the building of wealth

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If you're not born rich, you'll almost certainly never be rich. Ever.

No matter what you do, or how well you do it. Or how hard you work.

Sure, you can buy all the lottery tickets you want. But it's a fool's game.

Almost everyone's true chances of winning big there are about the same as them getting a surprise inheritance out of the blue of similar size.

Namely, zilch.

99.99+% of poor folks merely make themselves ever poorer, as they buy useless lottery tickets on a regular basis, until they finally die, destitute.

"More than taxes and other forms of gambling, lotteries promote the growth of inequality. That is, they aid the rich in getting richer and the poor in becoming poorer."

-- The State lottery: Creating social inequality across the nation; 6-Jun-2006; Contact: Jill Yablonski JournalNews@bos.blackwellpublishing.com 781-388-8448 Blackwell Publishing Ltd.

If you're desperately determined to try getting rich anyway-- against overwhelming odds-- then it'll likely come as no surprise to you that crime (not the lottery) will be your best chance to get there.

But even via the crime route, it'll still be virtually impossible for you to get rich.

For few of us (maybe 1%) are as ruthless and psychopathic as that requires (I.e., the kind of person who might willingly eat babies). Plus, beyond having an awfully cruel and inhuman nature, you'd have to create or happen upon a rare set of circumstances which would allow your crime to involve staggering sums of money. For penny ante stuff like $10,000 here, or $100,000 there won't cut it. No, to actually get rich via crime-- and likely be able to keep the fortune afterwards-- you must seize at minimum somewhere around three dozen millions of dollars at once (or in a fairly rapid process). For that's the point where the law and politics become your friends rather than your enemies.

Yes, the easiest and fastest crime entry will be into the area of 'poster criminals'-- those people everyone usually thinks of when they picture a criminal. Drug dealers, prostitution ring leaders. Stuff like that.

But you might as well forget about getting rich in that fashion (as poster criminal). Your chances for success there are virtually nil.

No, to enjoy your best chances at illegal profits, you need to become an insider in government or corporate business. For that's where the real money is to be had-- and for the least risk of capture or punishment. At least in America.

That's where almost 90% of the criminally wealthy appear to get their fortunes.

We're talking raiding the social security, pension, health insurance, and investment funds of at least a hundred million families or households here. A treasure horde to make even the biggest pirate treasure find in history look like ant droppings by comparison.

You'll have roughly TEN TIMES more opportunities to get rich as a rogue government or corporate insider, than as a drug dealer, pimp, smuggler, etc.

But don't take my word for it. Check out a tiny sampling of my supporting references for every word on this page.

But as like most other matters, this is far from a black or white (or take it or leave it) issue.

That is, just because you're not personally a psychopath or terrifically lucky (and so can't ever be rich), doesn't mean you can't feel richer. And be happier. Have more options in life. And I'm talking in tangible terms-- not some sort of religious or inspirational or psychobabble nonsense. Proven ways real folks in other places today-- or in past history-- have changed their lives for the better.

And you get to keep your soul too!

CLICK HERE if you want to know more about feeling richer, if you can't actually be rich...

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