Charles Payne

In 1434 Jan van Eyck painted The Arnolfini Wedding, which continues to mystify art scholars largely because of all the symbolism.

Most agree the painting is not an official wedding portrait but instead the celebration of many things that these days in America and the West are embraced and revered less.

The couple in the painting is a wealthy Italian aristocrat and his wife standing inside their home in Bruges.

The couple is proud of its devotion to virtues and accomplishments.

Last week OXFAM called for the elimination of extreme individual wealth by 2025. We saw this coming and its part of a masterful although not subtle plan to break capitalism in favor of a socialistic global economy administrated by singular government or governments united by a singular purpose. The notion that massive individual wealth creates extreme poverty is completely wrong and disregards history.

The Arnolfini Wedding was painted in the aftermath of the Great Famine of 1315-1317 and the Black Death of 1348-1350 that wrecked Europe. Just as life and hope started coming back to Europe so, too, did trade with the rest of the world. This was the start of individual capitalism which can be defined as using money to create more money. At the center of this trade were city-states of Italy with parts of Europe, particularly the Netherlands. This was the source of the Arnolfini wealth.

Charles Payne

Charles V. Payne is a regular contributor to the Fox Business and Fox News Networks. He is also the Chief Executive Officer and Principle Analyst of Wall Street Strategies, Inc. (WSSI), founded in 1991 which provides subscription analytical services to both individual and institutional investors.

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