We hear about and look at the civil strife in so many countries and shake our heads in disbelief. Yet in our short sightedness aren’t we creating exactly the same environment here that fosters the hopelessness that fires the violence of people trying to be heard, to ask for their fair share?
Here we increase the rewards to those near or at the top while diminishing the compensation of those in the middle and depriving those at the bottom.
Meanwhile, millions of dollars buy elected officials, get them elected, and direct their actions. Even if the American voter votes his or her choice, it is a choice delivered without their input. Rather, the “powers that be” determine who is available for election.
If we look in the mirrors of history, mirrors past and mirrors present, we should see the path we are also following. But it’s not too late. The greed at the top is self-destructive: Perhaps not now, not tomorrow, but soon, and sooner than any may realize. The proverbial tipping point, pointed out by historians like Toynbee, when destruction commences, is not from without but from within. It is then that the carrion will feast.
Think about the 1950s and 60s. The middle class flourished. The common family could buy a car every year or two. They took vacations to Florida, went to the races or nightclub once a week … and enjoyed peaceful parks.
Today we pay more taxes, we have less … why? Trickle down. The rich pay less taxes, the industrial tax base that provided jobs, revenue for the cities and counties, has gone offshore, and the rich build huge homes (2nd-3rd-4th) upon which they receive tax breaks, have all their amenities built in and are gated to keep the common riffraff out, except to perform yard maintenance and house repairs.
The pen may be mightier than the sword. But, is it mightier than the almighty dollar?