You could live your entire life....at least in Bama.....and never hear the word redistribute.
The actual meaning? To distribute AGAIN, in a different way.
In simple terms, Grandma cooked up a pecan pie and made eight slices. For some reason, folks at the table felt that the heavy-eaters were getting too much....so they recut the pie into sixteen pieces, but denied the heavy-eaters anything but one mini-slice, while the others at the table got two and three slices of the smaller pecan pie. To be honest, some folks aren't partial to pecan pie and they just left one of their three pieces just half eaten.
In other terms, you cut down several trees on the property and chopped wood for five days straight to have a ton of firewood. Your nephew Delbert....less than the favorite from all the kin...noted that you got a mighty fine house with plenty of natural gas heat. You don't need all that firewood that you cut....and you ought to allow him to just drive up and load up a pick-up load for free. Course, he didn't help chop the trees down, and he didn't help split a single piece. He just wants some firewood freely....mostly because you are Christian or just stupid enough to agree.
Another way, your sister notes that you've got a new fancy refrigerator in the house, and two extra refrigerators in the garage (mostly for bulk buys at Sam's Club). She brings up the fact that you got way too much refrigeration, and ought to just give her one of the two in the garage. Flat out....free....not $20 or a swap of some garage sale junk.
Another way? Your cousin Marvin comes over and notes that you've got six cases of beer in the laundry room....way too much for a guy like you. He hints that he'd like to take one case with him as he leaves the house. Free beer.....just because he's a relative of sorts.
In the past fifty years....redistribution got to be discussed more and more. There are a fair number of folks who pretend they ought to live beyond capitalism....in a bold new world. It's a different kind of world....where the redistribution ought to occur....to make up for the false achievements of capitalism.
Basically....when any solution in life involving capitalism comes up as a possible marginal situation....redistribution is deemed the natural fix-it solution.
The environmental guys (Green Peace and the 16,000 other oddball groups).... got taken over a couple of decades ago by the redistribution crowd.
The urban-losers crowd? They were taken over by the redistribution crowd.
The minority trending crowd? They were taken over by the redistribution crowd.
The tax-reform crowd? They are fighting various redistribution efforts, but mostly losing, and will eventually be fully consumed by the redistribution crowd.
It's a gimmick solution. The guy with the big house. The guy with the SUV. The guy who takes the family to Aruba once a year. The guy with a $4,000 lawn mower. The gal with the $45,000 BMW. The family with the cabin in the Kentucky foothills. The rancher with 12,000 head of livestock. They are all targets for redistribution.
Some guys sat in a class somewhere....got sixteen minutes of lecture by some loser professor who has never worked a day beyond the university....and suddenly the student feels empowered to fix society's ills. Capitalism can only be a failure because it's unfair.
The natural tendency here for redistribution to work....is to deny to yourself that this gimmick of taking something already distributed....and redistribute again....is unfair. Over and over, you have to repeat your idea is right and fair....no matter how stupid or unfair it really is.
The strange thing to ponder upon? Well....all this redistribution stuff only works with things of value. No one ever seems to want to take the loser players of the Kansas City Royals and redistribute them to Red Sox or Tigers. No one ever seems to want to take the standard marginal lifestyle and safety of folks in Havana, and introduce that to folks in Miami. No one seems to want to bus a bunch of trailer-trash tramps from Memphis out to Beverly Hills and resettle them there.
For some odd reason, there's a one-funnel direction on redistribution. And the anti-capitalists don't seem to grasp that part of the great unfairness of life.