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In Defence of Wealth

A Modest Rebuttal to the Charge the Rich Are Bad for Society

by (author) Derek Bullen

Barlow Books
Initial publish date
Mar 2022
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    Mar 2022
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It's a good time to attack the rich right now. The top 1 percent are getting hit from many angles: The rich
are getting richer while the poor are suffering. The rich, say the critics, aren't paying their fair share of
taxes. They're grossly overpaid for what they do. They're sucking the life out of our society. We'd be better off without them.

That's the criticism, and lots of people, including many politicians, think it's justified.

The author of this book, a proud 1-percenter, sees things differently. He says that many of the critics
are overlooking one crucial thing: We need business people to build companies and generate wealth to
keep the economy going. Only individuals can build companies that create good jobs for people. That's the only way to generate the wealth that pays for government services like health and education.

In this book, the author, who founded a company that put him into the top 1 percent, debunks the myths about the rich. Contrary to widespread public opinion, for instance, the rich do and have been paying their fair share of taxes, he argues. This book, from a very successful Canadian entrepreneur, is a manifesto celebrating the achievements of people who have earned their wealth. It's also is a sharp rebuttal to all those who think the world would be better off without the people who get rich.

About the author

Contributor Notes

Derek Bullen is Founder and CEO of S.i. Systems ULC. It is one of the largest professional services companies in Canada, with thousands of Information Technology consultants working on projects across Canada for blue chip corporations and government agencies. He is the author of High Velocity, a book to help new professionals in IT develop their soft business skills.

As CEO, Derek blends creativity and precision learned from a career as a musician, an ARCT from the Toronto Royal Conservatory of Music in classical piano, and a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Calgary. Derek balances his professional and personal life by making a point of taking a minimum of 60 days off each year to recharge and create new shared experiences with his family.

Experiencing life is a large part of Derek's purpose, from vision quests with the Goodstriker family of the blood nation in southern Alberta, multiple Camino pilgrimages across Spain, and many visits to Sri Narayani Peedam in Malakodai, India. Derek continually refreshes the way forward for himself and his company, by growing from the inside.

Derek and his wife and three children split their time between homes in Calgary and Vancouver.