Victor Hugo in Les Miserables...
"Communism and agrarian law think that they solve the second problem. They are mistaken. Their division kills production. Equal partition abolishes emulation; and consequently labor. It is a partition made by the butcher, which kills that which it divides. It is therefore impossible to pause over these pretended solutions. Slaying wealth is not the same thing as dividing it
"The two problems require to be solved together, to be well solved. The two problems must be combined and made but one.
"Solve only the first of the two problems; you will be Venice, you will be England. You will have, like Venice, an artificial power, or, like England, a material power; you will be the wicked rich man. You will die by an act of violence, as Venice died, or by bankruptcy, as England will fall. And the world will allow to die and fall all that is merely selfishness, all that does not represent for the human race either a virtue or an idea.
It is well understood here, that by the words Venice, England, we designate not the peoples, but social structures; the oligarchies superposed on nations, and not the nations themselves. The nations always have our respect and our sympathy. Venice, as a people, will live again; England, the aristocracy, will fall, but England, the nation, is immortal. That said, we continue.
"Solve the two problems, encourage the wealthy, and protect the poor, suppress misery, put an end to the unjust farming out of the feeble by the strong, put a bridle on the iniquitous jealousy of the man who is making his way against the man who has reached the goal, adjust, mathematically and fraternally, salary to labor, mingle gratuitous and compulsory education with the growth of childhood, and make of science the base of manliness, develop minds while keeping arms busy, be at one and the same time a powerful people and a family of happy men, render property democratic, not by abolishing it, but by making it universal, so that every citizen, without exception, may be a proprietor
, an easier matter than is generally supposed; in two words, learn how to produce wealth and how to distribute it, and you will have at once moral and material greatness; and you will be worthy to call yourself France."
In essence, work cannot be removed from reward. There are many poor people in Les Mis, everyone at some point in that book is poor or dead.
But there are the poor who have enough, and the poor who are constantly discontent and trying to grab what they can from those that they think have too much. The discontent swindling of the Inn Keeper is given in stark contrast, both morally and in happiness, to the industry of Val Jean. Again the same character as just a swindling beggar is given in contrast to the peaceful intellectual content of Marius who constantly turned down money he didn't earn.
Anyone who thinks the world will work as Buckminster Fuller described as a yolk set on the industrious technological drivers that pulls all of our weight should look around. Because that same dream is pitched to the rich, where we become well heeled sheep herded as uniform body consumers who's money flows readily and speedily into their hands.
What picture makes the most sense, one bull with multiple of teamsters, or many beasts driven by a common carriage?