Here is a fun piece in Politico, facetiously addressed to the 1% from one of their own. It warns that a revolution is coming, and “we may not have time to board our jets and fly away to New Zealand.” This is a clever lie. The real elites will not only escape the revolution – they are in on it. Blood will be shed, as it always is, between the poor and the bourgeois. The Washington elite – they of the surveillance state and the militarized police – will merely consolidate their power.
The author seems to be warning his rich buddies that they should stop hogging all the money, as if that would free some up for rest of us. This is the zero-sum fallacy, once again. Jeremiah, and Lenin, sees it differently. Do you really believe that you are poor because Mark Zuckerberg is rich? He’s a billionaire, after all – think of all the poor children his money could feed.
The political forces blame the rich and this merely creates class warfare with no resolution for the future. Even confiscating all the wealth of the so-called rich will not sustain the system.
Here is a different perspective, from Martin Armstrong. He writes that big government, not the rich, is what has bankrupted the West. Whom to believe? Here are some things to think about:
- On net, who takes more of your money – the rich, or the government?
- Has inequality increased and, if so, why?
- What caused Detroit to go bankrupt?
- Who repealed the Glass-Steagall Act?
You are not poor because of Mark Zuckerberg. You are poor because America has an incompetent and corrupt government. When people write about revolution in Politico, note that they are pitting us against each other.
See also: What Do You Want for Free?