Posted 3 months ago on March 18, 2017, 7:11 p.m. EST by agkaiser
from Fredericksburg, TX
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"Us and Them" are encountered in Genesis, when Joseph differentiates government and priesthood from most others, by putting the latter into the service of increasing the wealth of the former. It starts when he takes 20% of the people's profit in times of plenty, which he sells back during the inevitable downturn. The price he extorts to save their lives with that which he'd taken from them is first their money and wealth, second their land and finally their freedom.
That freedom is the ultimate cost "They" extract from "Us" by their compound interests, taxations or other rental streams, which are the perpetual burdens we carry for the well being of the rentier class, is a lesson we haven't learned in the 4000 years since Joseph initiated "Us and Them" in Egypt.
Joseph could as easily worked for the well being of the community as that of the ruling elite parasites for whom he created the exploitative paradigm of oppression that persists after four millennia. To understand why he did as he did doesn't require much thought. Just ask any conservative: they're prepared with all manner of rationalizations to justify individual greed of the few over the general good of all.
Occasional we've had some relief. Visionaries like FDR, who gave us the New Deal, have reset the game for a while. FDR didn't go so far as Mesopotamian kings and priests like Moses, who declared regular Jubilees of debt forgiveness to mitigate the impoverishment wrought by businessmen like Joseph. But the 1930s movements did initiate the greatest and most widely distributed wealth the world has ever known. It held from the end of WWII until Nixon began to effect re-enslavement by the early 1970's. Reagan completed the groundwork of the cons that came before him. He set in motion the serious re-impoverishment that's all but complete today.
In 2017 Joseph's dreamworld of total enslavement is almost as complete as it was 4000 years ago. There's but a bit of middle class left, whose assets exceed their debts. That won't last long on the conservative toll road. The docility of people today is unprecedented. Joseph never dreamed that the slaves would be so programmed by propaganda that they'd demand and vote for the cons who oppress them, believing they're fighting for freedom. The con of cons prevails.
The story of Genesis starts with Adam and Eve devolving from hunting and gathering and ends in Joseph's capitalist dystopia. The devolution of human culture will, if unchecked, lead to the extinction of the human race. Individual greed has conquered the well being of the community. The evil of each individual seeking self interest is blind, not invisible. It brings us war, crime, environmental degradation, bankster, billionaire and CEO predations, extortionist medical and pharmaceutical industries, dual threat energy industry [economic and environmental], price gauging communication [the new tower of babel] and inefficient, dangerous and overpriced mass transportation. All that while the infrastructure that supports commerce and life itself in the 21st Century crumbles, because its principal beneficiaries avoid paying taxes, while telling us they're "smart" to do so.
You read the score! See? It's the Trumps everything versus us with nothing.